The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Peace in the Mideast

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson was among U.S. Christian leaders who wrote to President Barack Obama asking for renewed diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"With rapid change under way in the Arab world, we believe the time to act is now — before events make the task of reaching an agreement more difficult," the 20 leaders of Lutheran, Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches wrote in a March 7 letter.

They also expressed disappointment that the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that called Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories illegal.

Read the letter at the website of Churches for Middle East Peace.


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