IRAQ: Two Delegations Planned for Iraq; Professors and Scholars Invited to Participate in Special January Delegation

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December 23, 2002

IRAQ: Two Delegations Planned for Iraq; Professors and

Scholars Invited to Participate in Special January

Delegation

On the day after Christmas, a 15-member delegation

sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) will

depart from the United States and Canada on their way

to Iraq, to return on January 9. CPT is also seeking

professors and scholars for a special delegation, at

the invitation of the University of Baghdad, to attend

a Peace Conference January 15-17, 2003.

As the U.S. government talks of taking military action

against Iraq, delegates on the Christmas delegation

are ready to be present with ordinary Iraqis in places

such as markets, schools, hospitals, and churches.

They hope to meet with Iraqi professionals and

representatives of nongovernmental and governmental

agencies.

Members of the “Generations for Peace” delegation

include three retired teachers, two Roman Catholic

nuns, a Mennonite theologian and a prominent church

leader, a professional decorator, and others. Four are

CPT Reservists and two are full-time CPTers. Ages

range from 24 to 77.

The delegation for professors and scholars will travel

to Iraq from January 11-25, encompassing the Peace

Conference. The conference will include a series of

formal lectures with opportunities for informal

sharing. CPT encourages scholars from various

traditions to seriously consider this invitation in

the critical times we face. CPT has just received the

invitation to organize participation in the last two

days.

Activities before and after the conference would “set

our faith and moral plumblines in the midst of the

reality of Iraqi society during this period of war

escalation,” said Cliff Kindy, CPT worker now in

Baghdad.

Cost of the delegation is $2,000 which covers

round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian

city, all on-ground travel, two meals a day, simple

accommodations, honorariums, and conference fees.

Participants on both delegations accept the risks to

personal safety and uncertainties of travel inherent

in being present in a conflict zone. An additional

risk for U.S. citizens is that travel to Iraq violates

U.S. federal law. CPT seeks participants interested in

human rights work, committed to nonviolence, and

willing to participate in team worship and reflection.

Delegates should have plans to share about the trip

upon return to their home communities, academic

settings, and congregations.

For more information or to apply, contact CPT at the

numbers below, or see CPT’s website at:

https://www.cpt.org. CPT offices will be open every

day this week except December 25 to answer your

questions. Deadline for application is January 3.

Participants in CPT’s December 26-January 9 delegation

to Iraq are: Anne Albright (McPherson, KS), Pat Basler

(Webster, WI), Le Anne Clausen (Mason City, IA), Bill

Durland and Genie Durland (Cokedale, CO), Thomas

Finger (Evanston, IL), Sue Gray (Carbondale, CO),

Charlie Jackson (San Antonio, TX), Larry Kehler

(Winnipeg, Manitoba), Robert Leonetti (Trinidad, CO),

Jim Loney (Priceville, Ontario), Mary Ellen McDonagh

(Chicago, IL), Anne Montgomery (New York, NY), Michele

Naar-Obed (Duluth, MN), and George Weber (Chesley,

Ontario). CPT members Peggy Gish (Athens, OH) and

Cliff Kindy (North Manchester, IN) have been in

Baghdad since October and will lead the delegation.

The Christmas delegation is the second in a series CPT

is sending to Iraq during the current crisis.

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