Disciples News Service

Religious Groups Ask President-Elect To Make Middle East Peace A Priority

Disciples have signed at least two letters from religious leaders asking President-elect Barack Obama to make peace in the Middle East a top priority. Religious leaders of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East sent a letter on behalf of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders. The letter calls for urgent U.S. leadership in the Middle East that will bring about Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace. General Minister and President Sharon Watkins was one of several signatories to that letter. To read the letter, visit: www.nili-mideastpeace.org

A broad spectrum of American Christian leaders – from Catholic and Orthodox to mainline Protestant, Evangelical and historic African American churches and institutions also has made an appeal to President-elect Obama to place Israeli-Palestinian peace as an immediate priority during his first year in office. On Dec. 1, the group sent a letter to Obama as well as key members of his transition team. In that letter, the Christian leaders state that as people of faith and hope, they believe a peace agreement is possible in the Middle East. Global Ministries has posted the letter on its website. To learn more or to sign the letter, visit: