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An important resource for members of LEIRN

Dear LEIRN Members:

No doubt many of you already have read Presiding Bishop Eaton's open letter to the Muslim American community. Now an additional resource has been compiled by the ELCA Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Muslim Relations and their academic and staff colleagues. The Panel is a group of Lutheran professors and pastors who advise the Presiding Bishop and periodically offer educational resources for this church.

The resource is intended to provide background for understanding terrorism--as well as for responding to the violent reactions and harsh anti-Muslim public speech evoked by recent terrorist attacks. The document and its linked resources draw very clear distinctions between the perpetrators of such attacks and the vast majority of Muslims around the world, including refugees, and certainly including our friends and neighbors in the U.S.A--many of whom are speaking out against these attacks, and doing so from the heart of their Islamic faith.

The document's cov…

An invitation from Interfaith Partners for Peace

Dear Friends,

I've been involved for about a year now with the Interfaith Partners for Peace, which is giving resources and leadership to grass-roots clergy dyads (rabbi & pastor) around the country in studying together and working together on behalf of a two-state resolution of the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. See the link to our IP4P web page for more information on this.

We are currently recruiting dyads for 2016, including a study trip to Israel and Palestine over 6-15 March 2016 (who wouldn't want to be in Jerusalem for the 5th Sunday in Lent?!). Interested clergy can sign the partnership pledge on the website and the staff at JCPA will contact them about next steps. Or they can send questions through the website or directly to me.

This program is the closest thing I've seen yet to building the kind of interfaith movement that understands and supports the "both-and" approach to Israel and Palestine that I think most moderate American Christians wa…