14.02.07 16:37 Alter: 5 yrs

Religious delegation going to Iran to talk peace


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A delegation of 13 U.S. religious leaders will be visiting Iran next week (February 17-25) in order to deepen dialogue between religious and political leaders there in the hope of defusing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.


During the weeklong visit the group is scheduled to meet with Christian and Muslim religious leaders, women serving in the Iranian parliament, former President Mohammad Khatami and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


The U.S. delegation includes representatives from the Mennonite, Quaker, Episcopal, Catholic and United Methodist churches as well as the National Council Churches, Pax Christi and Sojourners/Call to Renewal in Washington, D.C. The trip comes after 45 religious leaders met with Iranian President Ahmadinejad for 75 minutes during his visit to New York, Sept. 20, 2006.


"Our primary goal is to engage in dialogue with a variety of Iranians," said MCC international program director, Ron Flaming. The trip is being organized by MCC and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Philadelphia.


Read the entire article on the MCC website: http://mcc.org/iran/delegation/