In response to continuing fighting and bloodshed in their country, Muslim and Christian leaders from Syria have joined together to urgently call for a peaceful solution to the ongoing violence.

The statement came out of a meeting organized by the Religions for Peace Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Council. Religions for Peace was founded in 1970 through the interfaith coordination led by the Japanese lay-Buddhist religion Rissho Kosei-kai and the Unitarian Universalist Association. In an interesting coincidence, UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales is currently in Japan visiting with Rissho Kosei-kai counterparts and many other historic interfaith colleagues.

The press release from Religions for Peace is available on the Religions for Peace website.

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  1. Jalani

    I love that you are highlighting Sophia Lyons Fahs and was happy to tmbsule on this blog post as I was looking for something else on the Union website. She’s one of my heroes. I’m reading one of her books on religious education right now and it’s shocking how modern it seems.A small clarification is due, however. Sophia Lyons Fahs was not the first woman to be ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. The Unitarian Universalist Association came into existence in 1961 when the Unitarians and Universalists consolidated. The first Universalist woman to be ordain was Olympia Brown in 1863.Regardless, keep up the good work!

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