Episcopal News Service February 26, 2007
In Iran, religious delegation urges building bridges, deeper dialogue with US
[ENS] Two Episcopalians were part of a delegation of Christian leaders who traveled to the Islamic Republic of Iran February 19-24 in an effort to reduce tensions and build bridges between the United States and Iran.
They were Maureen Shea, director of government relations (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/eppn.htm) for the Episcopal Church, and Sister Ellen Francis Poisson, OSH, an Episcopal priest and sister of the Order of Saint Helena (http://www.osh.org).
The delegation's final statement called upon the two governments to immediately engage in direct face-to-face talks; cease using language that defines the other using "enemy" images; and promote more people to people exchanges including religious leaders, members of Parliament/Congress, and civil society.
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