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Obama Cairo speech,|
calls for continued dialogue with Muslims
New York, June 4, 2009 – Senior staff of the National Council of Churches praised President Obama's address to the Muslim world today, and renewed the Council's commitment to friendship and dialogue with Muslim people of faith.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, NCC General Secretary, and Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Senior Program Director for Interfaith Relations, said they were gratified by the President's declaration in Cairo that Muslims share with all Americans common principles of "justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
In a letter to Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America, and Dr. Sayyid Syeed, ISNA's national director of interfaith and community alliances, the NCC leaders said they were "moved to contact you old friends to express a similar recommitment to friendship and dialogue."
"The 35 member communions of the National Council of Churches, representing millions whose devotion to God is expressed through their faith in Jesus Christ, have long recognized the commonalities we share as children of Abraham with Muslims and Jews," the NCC letter said. "As President Obama said today, God’s vision is that the people of the world can live together in peace. Allow us to respond by declaring that we share his view, and we echo his sense of calling: 'Now, that must be our work here on earth.'
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