Atlanta interfaith gathering to examine role of religion as stimulant for violence and peace
September 2002

Conference part of WCC 'Decade to Overcome Violence' global initiative

Is religion to blame for the recent rash of suicide bombings and bloodshed in the Middle East? What role did it play in the horrific September 11 terrorist attacks on this country? Can the world's faith communities work together as agents for peace?

These controversial questions are the core of a unique, two-day interfaith conference, Oct. 4-5, at Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta, as part of a global initiative called "The Decade to Overcome Violence.">

A bishop, imam, rabbi and Native American leaders will worship together and share views on religion's impact on recent global violence.

"The Decade to Overcome Violence is a global initiative to stimulate local actions, that will reduce or eliminate violence and its causes," says the Rev. Gilbert Friend-Jones, senior minister.

"The interfaith event will be a rare opportunity to worship, pray, and interact with others about the roles and responsibilities of our faith communities in the midst of unprecedented violence.">

The event will feature interfaith worship, workshops and a keynote address by Bishop Margot Kaessmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Germany, widely regarded as the "mother" of the World Council of Church's initiative "The Decade to Overcome Violence.">

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