"Representatives of Canadian churches and church-based groups met in Toronto on Feb. 4  with Arab and Muslim leaders who are similarly committed to 'peace and justice' in Israel and Palestine. Both sides have been careful to note that the meeting signalled nothing more than a commitment to meet face to face more regularly in order to consult and share information about issues affecting peace in the Middle East. Hosted by the Canadian Friends of Sabeel, the meeting assembled and ecumenical forum on the Middle East, which includes representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Church and church-based groups. Six delegates from the Arab/Muslim Coordinating Committee (AMCC) attended the meeting. 'The meeting signals a new beginning of intentional conversation', said Andrea Mann, the Anglican Church of Canada's global relations co-ordinator. 'What we were coming for was to state our viewpoint on the issue of Jerusalem', said Jasmine Noureddin, Canadian Arab Federation executive director, in a separate interview. AMCC delegates expressed their desire to see a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East. 'We believe that the churches have always supported just causes and the dignity of human beings. We believe that Jerusalem is a great place to really showcase their beliefs', said Noureddin". [Text of entire article.]
Article includes colour photo with caption: "The Rev. Robert Assaly, Anglican priest and chair of Canadian Friends of Sabeel, speaks at the forum".