Middle East Task Force

"Entering Bethlehem" photo by Pauline Coffman

“Entering Bethlehem” photo by Pauline Coffman

Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah…. The Middle East Task Force invites you to travel in the guided tour, “Abraham’s Children in Contemporary Israel and Palestine,” July 14-23, 2017. Many pastors have received small grants from the Presbytery continuing education fund for past trips. More info.

Statement from METF on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Read about the history of METF and its current work regarding Israel and Palestine. The paper is a response to the Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group of Chicago Presbytery’s effort to find the way to a Just and Peaceful Compromise of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.


The Middle East Task Force was appointed in the fall of 1974 by the Committee on Church and Society of the Chicago Presbytery, to implement the recommendations of the 186th General Assembly that “presbyteries encourage study and foster dialogue in response to the current Middle East conflict.” Thirty-nine years after its formation, the conflict in the Middle East, specifically in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories, has intensified, and efforts to achieve a peaceful and just solution for both parties proceed slowly if at all.


First Presbyterian Church, Wilmette
Christ Presbyterian Church, Hanover Park
First United Church of Oak Park
Lake View Presbyterian Church, Chicago




To find out more, contact:

Steering committee – plans and manages meetings and is authorized to make decisions on behalf of METF as necessary:

Bruce Rigdon, Convenor
Pauline Coffman, Treasurer
Garnett Foster
Frank Baldwin

Send contributions to the treasurer, Pauline Coffman, at 623 South Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304.

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