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Action Alert: updated Wednesday July 09, 2003 Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Please write and call President Bush, your Representative, and your Senators to express your views concerning Iraq.
You may wish to use the following statements and letters from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson as guides.
The National Council of Churches 2002 General Assembly adopted on November 16, 2002, a "Resolution Expressing Appreciation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement on Iraq." The USCCB statement was released on November 13.
The following ELCA policy documents are relevant to the current situation regarding Iraq: 2002 ELCA Church Council action on Iraq, 1991 Churchwide Assembly action "Conflict in the Middle East," 1995 social statement "For Peace in God's World," and the 2001 Churchwide Assembly action "Economic Sanctions Against Iraq and Cuba."
The September 2002 newsletter of Churches for Middle East Peace, Iraq War Plans Consume Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, and an April 2002 CMEP letter to the President on Iraq are also helpful resources. For a list of events related to Iraq and other resources go to the National Council of Churches web site www.ncccusa.org.
4) National Council of Churches' "Season of Peacemaking" Links to statements and other resources for education and advocacy on Iraq
5) Journal of Lutheran Ethics article by David L. Perry, "Should We Invade Iraq?"
6) The Lutheran editorial by David L. Miller, "We must say 'no' - America's drift toward war with Iraq fails the just war test"
7) Lutheran Peace Fellowship home page