A Call for Candlelight Prayer Vigils
The Interfaith Open Letter is below this post.
Thank you to all of you who signed the Interfaith Open Letter during the weekend. Every day this week we will submit the signatures to Al-Jazeera TV, which is the main media channel the kidnappers are likely to see. This is in keeping with the Christian Peacemaker Teams current strategy.
In addition to signing the letter, the National Council of Churches USA is joining Christian Peacemaker Teams call for groups to organize public candlelight prayer vigils throughout the coming week highlighting the messages: "Love your Enemies;" "End the Occupation;" "Release the Peacemakers."
If you do organize one, please register your group at http://www.cpt.org/iraq/response/PrayerVigils.htm
On Sunday, Al-Jazeera reported that the largest Sunni Muslim party in Iraq, the Iraqi Islamic Party, called for the release of the hostages, saying that the “kidnapping is a dream opportunity for the supporters of the war against our country who say that Iraqis cannot tell the difference between those who support them and those who oppose them."
Religious and peace groups worldwide are organizing to get the message to the kidnappers. As more reliable information becomes available, I will post it on this blog.
You may sign the letter by clicking on the "Comment" button and writing your name, email address and writing "Add my signature" in the box on panel on the right. You can also email this page to a friend by click on the little icon with an arrow and entering their email address.