Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be part of a delegation of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in a January 29 meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about peace in the Middle East.
Jefferts Schori was one of 34 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who wrote to Rice December 12 asking for a meeting with her to discuss the "urgent situation in the Middle East" and calling on the United States to make peace in the region an "urgent priority."
The leaders, acting as the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East, issued a statement the same day, saying that "as Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, our shared Abrahamic faith compels us to work together for peace with justice for Israelis, Palestinians and all peoples in the Middle East."
Quoting from the religious texts of all three faith traditions, the statement says that "building peace through justice is simultaneously an urgent human challenge and a gift of God."
The leaders expressed disappointment that the United States "did not more actively pursue the Road Map for Peace which we felt held great promise."
The leaders' statement is available from the Episcopal Public Policy Network as a bulletin insert here.