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U.S. Religious Delegation to Northern Ireland
Belfast, Northern Ireland, February 14, 2008 – Amid historical religious and political divides, a U.S. interfaith delegation met with church leaders, non-governmental organizations, and government officials in Belfast, Feb. 12-14, to discuss how global climate change can help inform the peace and reconciliation process in Northern Ireland.
The delegation also met with community development groups, religious relief agencies, and elected officials including First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who represent the recently reconciled government in Northern Ireland.
The interfaith delegates represented the National Council of Churches USA,
the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, the Coalition on the Environment
and Jewish Life and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
"The focus of our work on has been on the disproportionate impact climate
change will have on people in poverty here in the U.S. and abroad," said
Dan Misleh, executive director for the Catholic Coalition on Climate
"We hope that our presence here in Northern Ireland can be a catalyst for
increased dialog and cooperation not only within the faith community but
the throughout the wider community," said Renee Rico, of Presbyterians for
Photo: Cassandra Carmichael second from left; Ian Paisley center, Martin McGuinnes right. Photo by Audrey Bertinat, Information Officer, OFMDFM, Stormont Castle
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