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|NCC General Secretary Heads to Middle
East for Post-War Meetings
May 22, 2003, NEW YORK CITY - Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, will take part in a series of meetings in the Middle East May 27-June 1 at which religious leaders from many faiths will come together in support of religious tolerance and multi-religious cooperation in post-conflict Iraq and elsewhere.
They also will seek to lay the groundwork for an international interfaith summit on multi-religious collaboration for peace, to be held in the region. The international summit was called for by 75 U.S. Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious leaders who met for a "domestic interfaith summit" April 30 in Chicago.
"We want to assure our counterparts in the Middle East and around the world that there are many religious voices of moderation in the United States," Dr. Edgar said. "We want to join together with them to eliminate the rhetoric of hate and end violence perpetrated in the name of religion."
The NCC General Secretary will be accompanied by Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace. On their itinerary:
The upcoming meetings follow on a series of domestic speaking engagements in which Dr. Edgar has promoted "The Need for a Peace-Centered Foreign Policy." Read more.
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