Friday, December 02, 2005

URGENT: Interfaith Open Letter for Release of Peacemakers

The interfaith Open Letter below calling for the release of the Christian Peacemaker Team now being held in Iraq, has been signed initially by American Muslim leaders Dr. Syeed Sayyid, Secretary General of the Islamic Society of North America and Sheila Musaji, editor of The American Muslim as well as by many other religious leaders including Rev. Robert Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, Rev. Osagefyo Sekou, Director of Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq, Rev. Peter Laarman of Progressive Christians Uniting in California, and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbinic Director of The Shalom Center.

To add your signature, please click on "comment" at the end of this article. In the comment box write your name, email address and "Add my signature."

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To those who are holding the Christian Peacemakers Team in Iraq, and to people everywhere of all Traditions of Faith and Peace:

We who write you affirm what all the traditions teach that trace their spiritual origin to Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all teach explicitly that to kill even one human being –- even more strongly one who is doing no harm, most especially one who is seeking peace and nurturing human bodies and communities -- is to destroy a world. All other religious traditions agree about the holiness of human lives.

This teaching applies to all innocent Iraqis and foreigners who have been killed or taken away in Iraq out of anger against the US occupation – and it applies with special clarity and strength to the members of the Christian Peacemakers Team who are being held in Iraq. Like us, they too opposed the US attack. They came to serve the Iraqi people. They came not only to urge peace but also to live peace.

We who have opposed the US invasion and occupation of Iraq call on all who live in Iraq to seek the release of these people into safety and freedom. And we call on all people of good will everywhere to join in this call.

No doubt, those who planned and executed the US invasion and occupation of Iraq will cite this action as evidence for the rightness of their action. We utterly reject this logic, and affirm that the war undertaken by the US has multiplied the violence it pretended to oppose.

We hold morally responsible for the lives of these Christian Peacemakers both those in Iraq who have taken them, and those who have brought about the deaths of thousands of Iraqis and Americans by pursuing this war.

Once again, we call for a swift end to the US occupation of Iraq and for peaceful action by the entire human community to assist Iraqis to achieve their own self-government. And we send our loving prayers to those who have become victims of their own loving commitment to peace, justice, and healing.

Initial emergency list of signers:

Dr Sayeed Sayyid, Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America; Sheila Musaji, editor of The American Muslim; Abdul Malik Mujahid, chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; that Council as a body; Anwar N. Haddam, elected Member of Parliament of Algeria (Dec 1991), chairman, board of trustees, Education for Life, Northern Virginia, and member, executive committee, Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of Greater Washington Area (CCMO); Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad of Bethesda, MD; Muhammad Ali-Salaam of Boston; Abdul Cader Asmal, MD, PhD; Rev. Robert Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches; Rev. Osagefyo Sekou, Director of Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq; Rev. Peter Laarman of Progressive Christians Uniting in California; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbinic Director of The Shalom Center.

96 Comments:

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martha Bradshaw. mbradshaw46@comcast.net.
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At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Dan said...

Daniel E. H. Bryant
First Christian Church (Disciple of Christ)
Eugene, Oregon
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At 11:30 AM, Anonymous dan said...

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At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Carter, President
Andover Newton Theological School
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At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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First Presbyterian Church
Iowa City, IA
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At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Rev. N. J. L'Heureux, Jr.
Executive Director
Queens Federation of Churches
Richmond Hill, NY
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At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Bishop Christopher Epting
Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
The Episcopal Church

 
At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. Noelle Damico
Catalyst, School of Theology
University of the Poor

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert M. Parham, Executive Director, Baptist Center for Ethics (www.ethicsdaily.com), Nashville, TN; robert@ethicsdaily.com

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At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen Thomas Smith
Chaplain to the Christian Community
Al Akhawayn University
Ifrane, Morocco
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At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. William R. Strehlow
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Geneva, Switzerland

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At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add my signature to the letter.

Rev. Ann Marie Coleman, Co-Senior Minister, University Church, Chicago, IL.

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Rev. Jim Hopkins said...

Please add my signature. The Lakeshore congregation is in prayer for the peacemakers and their captors.

Jim Hopkins
Pastor, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church (Oakland, CA)
labc4jim@pacbell.net

 
At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Philip (Joy)
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At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D.
Interreligious Relations Consultant
New York City

 
At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diana C. Gibson, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice; and Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, CA

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Theology Department
Georgetown University
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At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary-Andrew Bruce Woodruff
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
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At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Princeton, New Jersey
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Igreja Batista Esperança
Salvador, Brasil

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At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonnie Dixon, Director
JourneyPartners
Franklinton, NC
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At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Deacon Leann P. McConchie
with the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Betsy Sowers
Adjunct Associate Director for Interreligious Relations
Massachusetts Council of Churches

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Sue Tannehill said...

Susan Tannehill
clerk, Farmington Scipio Region,
New York Yearly Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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K.L. Seshagiri Rao
Professor Emeritus, university of Virginia;
Co-editor, Interreligiuos Insight, World Congress of Faiths, London;

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Cathey
Associate Professor of Theology
McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL
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At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penny Barrett
Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Palo Alto, CA
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At 10:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Rev. Michael Patrick Ellard,
San Jose, California

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara A. McGraw
Member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Berkeley, Kensington, CA
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At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Rev. Nina D. Grey said...

Rev. Nina D. Grey
First Unitarian Society of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637

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At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Alice Woldt
Public Policy Director
Washington Association of Churches

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard W. Roberts
Glenview Community Church
1000 Elm Street
Glenview, IL 60025
howard.roberts@gccucc.org
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At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

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At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. Dr. Meg Hess
Emmaus Institute Counseling Services
Nashua,NH
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At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Jim Strickland said...

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At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. Patrick M. McCollum
Chair, American Correctional Chaplaincy Directors Association.
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At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Charles V. Finnegan OFM
Director, San Damiano Spiritual Center
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At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dorothy C. Buck
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Paulist Center, Boston
St. Paul Church, Cambridge MA
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At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessed are these peacemakers. Free them to do the work of God among the people.
Nancy Lively livelyb@aol.com
Broadneck Baptist Church Annapolis, Md.

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Martin Federman said...

Martin R. Federman
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At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Peace a chance. It is what our Lord would want us to do.

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle McClendon
First Baptist Church
Greenville, SC
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At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandra Hinshaw,
Interfaith Forum Columbus hinshaw9985@comcast.net
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At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those held hostage in Iraq.
We call out on those holding the pease makers to release them harmlesand we plea for thier safe return to thier families and countries.
We ask the Muslim leaders around the world to urge those who held the peace activists to clear the name of Islam and folow the teaching of the Holy Quran and Mohammed (peace be upon him)and not harm inocent Civilians.Nothing will be gained by harming those who are trying to help others.

 
At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Moustafa Elshiekh said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those held hostage in Iraq.
We call out on those holding the pease makers to release them harmlesand we plea for thier safe return to thier families and countries.
We ask the Muslim leaders around the world to urge those who held the peace activists to clear the name of Islam and folow the teaching of the Holy Quran and Mohammed (peace be upon him)and not harm inocent Civilians.Nothing will be gained by harming those who are trying to help others.

 
At 2:29 AM, Anonymous chuckcurrie said...

Chuck Currie
Seminarian, Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ
chuck.currie@gmail.com
www.chuckcurrie.blogs.com

 
At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Julie said...

Give peace a chance

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Michael Birkel
Professor of Religion
Earlham College
Richmond, Indiana

 
At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nathan Digby. ndigby@emory.edu

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At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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First Baptist Church
Greenville, SC
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At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Mary C. Boys
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at Reinhold Niebuhr Place
New York, NY 10027
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Davina C. Lopez
Union Theological Seminary
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New York, NY 10027

 
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At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Graves
Winston-Salem, NC
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At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Ketchin
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Congregation
New York, NY (Episcopal)
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At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. Stephen H. Phelps
Central Presbyterian Church
Buffalo, New York 14214
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George Fuller, lnorman4pres@hotmail.com
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At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Jennifer L. Heckart
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY

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At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Ghulam-Haider Aasi
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At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Malinda Elizabeth Berry
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY
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At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. Susan Parker
Wake Forest Baptist Church
Winston-Salem, NC


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At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Wright Salisbury said...

Peace and Justice Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Wright Salisbury said...

The Alliance for Jewish-Christian Muslim Understanding

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Dr. Charles DICKINSON said...

Please add my signature to Interfaith Open Letter re: Christian Peacemaker Team Hostages

 
At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Rev. Elaine S. Gaetani said...

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At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Rev. Dr. Rienzie Perera said...

Please include my name and the organization I represent

Rev. Dr. Rienzie Perera

Inter Religious Peace Foundation of Sri Lanka.

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Ghazi Y Khankan said...

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At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Kathleen Hurty said...

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, Consultant for Communities of Faith, Service and Learning

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous The Rev. Joyce L. Manson said...

Please add my signature to the statement on what has happened to Christian Peacemaker Team members in Iraq

The Rev. Joyce L. Manson
Interfaith Committee of the Board of the Church Council of Gr. Seattle

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may add my name for freeing the peacemakers. However I do object to your highly politicized comment. Perhaps it was inadvertent but I suggest you pay attention and stay away from phrases like 'US attack', 'US invasion'& 'US occupation'. The lives of these people are too important to be caught up in someone's political agenda.
Rev. Lloyd Howell
Family Federation for World Peace
howell.fam@verizon.net

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Rev. Lloyd Howell said...

You may add my name for freeing the peacemakers. However I do object to your highly politicized comment. Perhaps it was inadvertent but I suggest you pay attention and stay away from phrases like 'US attack', 'US invasion'& 'US occupation'. The lives of these people are too important to be caught up in someone's political perspective - yours or mine.
Rev. Lloyd Howell
Family Federation for World Peace
howell.fam@verizon.net

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs
United Religions Initiative

 
At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Damaris J. Wollenburg

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Caitlin Ann Kennell
Union Theological Seminary
New York NY
ck2243@columbia.edu

 
At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Marie Coppola said...

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At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Reynolds
Assistant Prof. Religion
St. Norbert College

 
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The Rev. Deborah H. Piggins
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At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Michael Reid Trice said...

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Michael Reid Trice
Associate Director for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser
Executive Director
California Council of Churches
California Church IMPACT
rick@calchurches.org

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At 2:13 PM, Anonymous marcus pomeroy said...

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Marcus C. Pomeroy
Central Baptist Church
Wayne, PA

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura Hollinger
Associate Dean
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
University of Chicago
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At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Suzanne Abrams
Syracuse, NY
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At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Neubauer
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At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellen LaRue
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At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Beermann
wbeerman@lstc.edu
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At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Rev. Clark Lobenstine said...

Please add my signature and know the kidnapped and kidnappers are in my prayers

 
At 2:12 PM, Anonymous Pastor Adria said...

Please add my signature:

Adria W. Pearson, pastor
Mission Covenant Church,
Orange, MA
pastor@orangecovenant.org

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Mary Beth said...

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Mary Beth Abel Hughes
Clerk, Board of Deacons
Old Cambridge Baptist Church
Cambridge, Massachusetts

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Nahid Abunama-Elgadi said...

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