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Tuesday Meeting with Blair on U.S. Christian Leaders' London Schedule

February 17, 2003, LONDON -- Christian leaders from the United States are in London February 17-18 to convey a message of widespread opposition to war with Iraq. They believe there are other ways of solving the issue of Iraq's non-compliance with United Nation's resolutions over Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Today (Monday), they are meeting British church leaders and participating in a 5:15 p.m. Service for Peace and Justice at St. John's Church, Waterloo Road, London.  The Rt. Rev. Peter Price, Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, is leading the service.

On Tuesday, they will meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Clare Short, Secretary for State and International Development.   A news conference will follow.

The U.S. church leaders' delegation to London is the third in a series of five being organized by the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A. (NCC), with headquarters in New York City.  Earlier delegations visited Berlin (February 5) and Paris (February 10-11); additional trips are planned for Rome (February 25-27) and Moscow (March 3-5).

The Rev. Jim Wallis, Editor and Executive Director of Sojourners, organizer of the delegation to London on behalf of the NCC, said, "It is a last minute plea, in the name of peace, to seek a resolution for the current crisis with Iraq by means other than war."

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is facilitating the visit.

The delegation includes:

The Rev. Jim Wallis, Editor and Executive Director, Sojourners, Washington, D.C.
Bishop John Chane, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C.
Bishop Melvin Talbert, Ecumenical Officer, Council of United Methodist Bishops, Nashville, Tenn.
The Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church USA, Louisville, Ky.
The Rev. Dan Weiss, Immediate Past General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA, Marco Island, Fla.

The Rt Rev. Clive Handford, Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, will be joining the visit from the Middle East.  Invitations have also been extended to the Rt Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal (Jerusalem) and the Most Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane (Cape Town).

For further information please visit the Web site of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland:


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