The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East is a province of the Anglican Communion. The primate is the President Bishop and represents the Church at the international Anglican Communion Primates’ Meetings. The current primate is Archbishop Michael, who is also the bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf.
The province consists of three dioceses:
- Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf — covering Cyprus, the Arabian peninsula and Iraq
- Diocese of Iran
- Diocese of Jerusalem — covering Israel, Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria
A fourth diocese (Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa) was part of the province until June 2020. In 2019 the synod of the province had agreed to allow the Diocese of Egypt to withdraw, in order to become an autonomous province, with the other three existing dioceses remaining as the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. This was put into effect on 29 June 2020, with the creation of the Province of Alexandria.
The Jerusalem and the Middle East Chuch Association
The Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association (JEMCA) has been in existence for more than 120 years supporting the life and work of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East. It was founded in 1888 by Bishop George Blyth, the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem.
The Diocese of Jerusalem was established in 1841 under the auspices of Queen Victoria and King Frederick William IV of Prussia, with bishops nominated alternately by the monarchs to have spiritual oversight of both Anglicans and Lutherans in Palestine. In 1881 the bishopric fell into abeyance but was reconstituted in 1887 on a purely Anglican basis with Bishop George Francis Popham Blyth as Bishop in Jerusalem and with jurisdiction stretching from Syria to Egypt and later, Sudan and Iran.
Bishop Blyth established a fund for the maintenance and development of the diocese. This was The Jerusalem and the East Mission, which later became The Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association.
On July 1st, 2015 JMECA became a UK Charitable Limited Company. It supports the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Province of Alexandria, with Dioceses that stretch from Algeria in the West to Iran in the North and East, and Somalia in the South.
JEMCA publishes the journal Bible Lands and manages a website www.jmeca.org.uk