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Mae Elise Cannon is a pastor, writer, activist, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for righteousness and justice. She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World.

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 Mae Cannon, World Vision senior director, advocacy and outreach, Middle East

Mae Cannon, World Vision senior director, advocacy and outreach, Middle East

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Mae’s Biography

Mae Elise Cannon serves as the Senior Director of Advocacy & Outreach for the Middle East with World Vision U.S. She is a pastor, writer, activist, and academic who cares deeply about God’s heart for righteousness and justice.

She is the author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009), which won the 2010 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year Award in the category of justice. Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

She was formerly the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church located in Walnut Creek, California, and also served as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.

Cannon holds a Masters in Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary; an M.B.A. from North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management; and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She is now a doctoral candidate in American history with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California–Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine.

Most recently, Mae has served as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International, a Christian nonprofit committed to alleviating poverty around the world.

Cannon began her work in the Middle East in 2009 on a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. She left the Holy Land with a strong conviction that American Christians have the potential to play a healing and powerful role in mitigating the conflict.

Mae has spent several months of the past three years living among the Palestinian Arabs in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. She has also worked closely with organizations such as Musalaha and Holy Land Trust to build reconciliation between Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Israelis and Palestinians.

While working for Compassion International, she spent six months working in areas of peacebuilding and justice in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt in an attempt to bridge the gap between American Christians, Jewish Israelis, and the Arab Christian community in the Middle East.

Her several publications about the conflict include Mischief Making in Palestine: American Protestant Involvement in the Holy Land from 1917 to Today and several other papers and articles which have been presented at the American Academy of Religion regional and annual conferences.

In addition, her most recent article, “A Revolution Unites: Will Interfaith Harmony be a Part of the Liberation of Egypt’s People,” was published in Prism, the official magazine of Evangelicals for Social Action (May/June 2011).

Mae’s Presentation Topics

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