To All People Everywhere,

We are deeply saddened by all of the lives lost in Iraq. As Friends we believe the Light of God is within all people. Homewood Friends meeting has at the center of its corporate religious life a ministry of witness for peace and for the justice that leads to that peace. We affirm the work of the Christian Peacemakers Teams, which is to labor for the end of violence, and to advocate for the human rights of all people.

We pray that Tom Fox (USA), a member of our Religious Society of Friends, Norman Kember (UK), James Loney, and Harmeet Sooden (Canada) be released so they can continue to be a presence of peace in the world, which so desperately needs peace at this time. We pray that this be done without harm to any of these men or those who now hold them.

Let us seek together a world at peace.

Beth Edelstein
Presiding Officer
Baltimore Monthly Meeting, Homewood
of the Religious Society of Friends
3107 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

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This story was published on January 11, 2006.