Friday, February 19, 2010

WASHINGTON: Christian-Muslim Summit will launch diplomatic initiatives to end violence

From Episcopal Life Online-

Delegations consisting of leaders from Anglican, Shi'a, Sunni and Catholic faith traditions will convene March 1-3 at Washington National Cathedral to discuss reconciliation between Islam and the West.

Four principals from each faith, along with five eminent religious leaders and experts from each of their respective religious communities, will strategize on how to use their influence within their governments to promote peace efforts worldwide.

The four principal leaders are:

Ayatollah Dr. Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad Ahmadabadi, professor of law at Shaid Beheshti University in Tehran;
Professor Dr. Ahmad Mohamed El Tayeb, president of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt;
His Eminence Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue; and
The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, eighth bishop of Washington.
Chane has traveled to Iran on numerous occasions as an invited guest of former President Mohammad Khatami, speaking to and studying with numerous religious leaders at seminaries and universities in the cities of Tehran and Qom.

On the evening of March 3 at 7 p.m. the Christian-Muslim Summit will conclude with a public dialogue among the participants for invited guests in the cathedral nave.

Detailed biographies of the four participants, a list of "The Twenty" delegates and more information on the summit are available here.

The Anglican Communion delegation includes:

Clare Amos, director of theological studies in the Anglican Communion Office, London;
The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Anglican bishop in Jerusalem;
The Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Anglican bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria; and
The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon, bishop of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

The Honorable Kjell Magne Bondevik, founder and president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and the former prime minister of Norway, will also join the Anglican delegation. Bondevik is an ordained priest in the Lutheran Church of Norway, which through the Porvoo Agreement, is in full communion with the Anglican churches in the U.K. and Ireland.

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