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ELCA pastor to Iraq in friendship

Brooks Anderson, 76, a retired ELCA pastor, traveled to Iraq in May with five other residents from Duluth, Minn., to establish ties between ther city and the Kurdish village of Raniyah.

“Building friendships across boundaries that divide us is always a good thing, and sometimes critical to peacemaking,” he said. “We call it grass-roots citizen diplomacy.”

Anderson led a similar trip to Petrozavodsk, Russia, during the Cold War in 1986 that led to a sister city relationship.


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