A delegation of 15 U.S. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders, including General Minister and President Sharon Watkins, recently returned from a visit to the Middle East united in their pursuit of peace for that region with a new sense of urgency. The trip in mid-December was organized by the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative (NILI). The returning delegation promised to push for active, fair and firm U.S. leadership to restart negotiations for peace between Israel and Palestine.
The NILI delegation wants the Obama administration and Congress to be catalysts, along with Egypt and other parties, in achieving a sustainable ceasefire in the Middle East. "We all pray to the one, merciful God that these negotiations will succeed and that prisoners will be released," said Watkins, "and we call on our government to work urgently to restart negotiations and move forward in 2010 toward Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace." To read more, see: