Panel Presents Varied Views on War with Iraq

Posted: January 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

“Wrestling with War and Peace: The Question of Iraq” is a challenging interfaith forum and panel discussion being presented on Sunday, Feb. 2. The panel, led by Sara Cobb, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), will focus on the moral and ethical implications of the Iraq crisis.

Presenting varied points of view on war with Iraq are panelists Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary; Shamil Idriss, Search for Common Ground; Ken Pollack, the Brookings Institution; Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs; and Alan Wisdom, vice president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

“This forum is an effort to give concerned people of several faiths a chance to explore the underlying ethical and spiritual issues involved in a U.S. war with Iraq,” says Rubenstein. “ICAR’s working group on religion and conflict made a strong effort to obtain speakers who think the war is necessary as well as those who oppose it. The enterprise reflects ICAR’s view that people whose views are seriously in conflict can still learn something from each other by getting at the underlying issues in contention.”

Congregation Adat Reyim will host the discussion beginning at 7 p.m. at 6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield. Sponsors include the Burke Presbyterian Church, Saint Mary’s of Sorrows Church, and Search for Common Ground.

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