The Diocese of Jerusalem is affiliated with ecumenical and interfaith partners.
Middle East Council of Churches: The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East is a member of the Middle East Council of Churches(MECC) established in 1974. MECC is organized as a council of families of denominations, including Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox (Chalcedonian), Catholic, and Evangelical. Since its founding and first General Assembly, the Middle East Council of Churches has kept true to its conviction that the Church’s ministry in the region is relevant and crucial. Celebrating and using its diversity of traditions and gifts, the Church is entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation; cornerstone of the Realm of God, fountainhead of hope and the binding force which draws Christians toward each other in the Spirit’s fellowship.
The Mission to Seafarers Aqaba: The Diocese of Jerusalem supports the ministry of The Flying Angel Club which welcomes all seafarers visiting the Red Sea Port of Aqaba, Jordan.
The Near East School of Theology: The Near East School of Theology is an interconfessional Protestant seminary serving the evangelical churches of the Middle East. NEST is situated in Beirut, Lebanon, and the Diocese of Jerusalem is a founding member. The primary purpose of the School is to train priests, pastors and lay workers for ministry in churches and ecumenical organizations in the Middle East. NEST welcomes candidates from other Middle Eastern churches, as well as any person seeking to learn about Protestant theology and faith, irrespective of religious affiliation. Students from beyond the Middle East, who have a special interest in Biblical Studies against the cultural background of the Middle East, Islamics or Oriental and Orthodox churches, are also welcome.
The Diocese is active in a number of interfaith dialogue and education initiatives.
Kids4Peace and Connections for Peace: In response to concerns about the future of children in Israel and Palestine, the Diocese of Jerusalem developed Kids4Peace with a specific focus on education for peace. Palestinian and Israeli families from different sides of the cultural and political divide meet. Children aged 10-12 years, from Jewish, Muslim and Christian families are introduced to each other and take part in fun and artistic activities. Kids4Peace is non-denominational, non-political and non-partisan. All who participate share a commitment to peace and a belief that educational experiences of tolerance and respect for culture and religious diversity should begin with children.
Connections for Peace is another program of the Diocesan Department of Peace, Reconciliation and Interfaith Dialogue, encouraging youth and young adults exploring their identity in the context of a shrinking Christian community in the Holy Land.
Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land: Archbishop Suheil Dawani is a member of this Council and participates in its national and international initiatives. The Diocese of Jerusalem is also involved locally in parishes, schools, hospitals and health centres in grassroots interfaith action. Church members live side by side Jewish and Muslim neighbours and no distinction by religious affiliation is made when the diocese works to meet the needs of its communities.