UNION OF ARMENIAN EVANGELCIAL CHGURCHES IN THE NEAR (UAECNE)
The Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, constitutes part of the 171 year Protestant denomination in the region and is part of the wider and global Armenian Evangelical Church.
The Armenian Evangelical Church has four independent Unions that are in close fellowship with each other, and they are comprised of around 90 autonomous church congregations and their institutions.
The four Unions are named such: Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, the Armenian Evangelical Union of France and Europe, the Armenian Evangelical Union of North Americaand Armenian Evangelical Union of Eurasia.
In specific, the UAECNE operates with its Christian ministries in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Cyprus, and Australia. Alongside most of the churches there are Sunday Schools for children, Christian Endeavor junior and youth groups, ladies' auxiliary unions and church publications, the main purpose of which is, through worship services and various activities, to proclaim the salvation Christ brought to people of all ranks, races and ages.
Many of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East have each a day school (16 in number), ranging from kindergarten to secondary level in Lebanon. The UAECNE owns the Haigazian University and is a partner in the Near East School of Theology, both in Beirut.
Also in Beirut, the UAECNE operates the CAHL, which, with its Old Peoples' Home, Home for Blind and school for slow learning children renders immeasurable service to the Armenian people without discrimination. The organizational body of CAHL includes both Armenian Evangelical and Armenian Apostolic members. In a similar way, the Azounieh Sanatorium operates with joint efforts of the UAECNE and the Cilicia Catholicosate of the Armenian Apostolic Church. There are also the Old Peoples' Home and the Arevig Center for Armenian handicapped children in Aleppo, which is under the sponsorship of the three Armenian denominations, Protestant, Catholic, and Apostolic.
The UAECNE operates a Social Action center in Beirut, which helps needy families and individuals in medical and various other areas and is involved in relief work for refugees or those of various needs. A similar work takes place within Aleppo.
The UAECNE is known for its efficient ministries dedicated for the children and the youth, and operates two camp-sites called KCHAG, one in Beirut, Lebanon, and the second in Kessab, Syria.
The UAECNE’s closest partner in mission in educational and social work is the AMAA. The Armenian Missionary Association of America, founded in 1918, is looked upon as the missionary extension of the world wide Armenian Evangelical Churches. The Association has many years of financial, moral and spiritual support given generously to all Armenians and Evangelicals in different parts of our globe. This support is a beautiful testimony of Christ's love and the Good News.
The Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East is a founding member in the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), and the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC).
The highest authority of the UAECNE is its Annual General Assembly that elects its President, and a twelve person leadership team as its Central Committee.
The headquarters of the UAECNE are located in Beirut, Lebanon.
UAECNE Office, Beirut, Lebanon
April 26, 2017