Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is one of over fifty Christian leaders who have signed a letter urging congressional support of the Iran nuclear deal recently agreed in Vienna.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has the full text of the letter, released yesterday. It reads, in part,
As Christians, we feel called to speak out for the possibility of peace. As faith leaders from the only country that has ever used nuclear weapons in war, we have a particular responsibility to speak boldly when opportunities arise that lead to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at home and around the world. This historic accord moves us one small step closer to a world free of nuclear weapons.
This agreement helps de-escalate tension in a region that is already suffering the effects of war and violence in ways unimaginable to most of us in the United States. It is also a testament to the effectiveness of diplomacy to take countries from the brink of war and resolve concerns peacefully. …
As people of faith, we urge you to support the international agreement with Iran and reject legislation to undermine the deal. We will be praying for you.
Read the whole letter here.
Photo: Iran nuclear deal: agreement in Vienna. From left to right: Foreign ministers Wang Yi (China), Laurent Fabius (France), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany), Federica Mogherini (EU), Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iran), Philip Hammond (UK), John Kerry (USA). By Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres (Iran Talks) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons