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delegation meets with Mid East Christians
New York, October 19, 2006 A National Council of Churches delegation headed by NCC President Michael Livingston has returned from a journey to Beirut where they brought a message of support to the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and met with Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, a Maronite Christian.
The NCC delegation will report on their
experiences to the NCC General Assembly's annual meeting November 5-9 in
prior to the delegat5ion's departure on October 9,
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), of which the NCC is a part,
is supporting the International Crisis Group's global advocacy
initiative designed to generate new political momentum for a
comprehensive Middle East peace agreement.
The statement was signed by 135 respected global leaders – former presidents, prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers, congressional leaders and heads of international organizations. U.S. signers included
The International Crisis Group also
issued a new report, "The
Arab-Israeli Conflict: To Reach a Lasting Peace". It says in part,
"...the Lebanon war must serve as a wake-up call: so long as the
political roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict are not addressed, it will
remain a bottomless source and pretext for repression, radicalization
and bloodletting, both in the region and beyond. Now is the time for an
international push to launch a new peace initiative."
Also, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Franciscan Friars OFM (English Speaking Conference, JPIC Council), Friends Committee on National Legislation, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Maryknoll Missioners, Mennonite Central Committee.
Also, the National Council of Churches USA, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church (GBCS & GBGM).
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