–Program: 9-25 Grand Hyatt Dinner to Honor Ahmadinejad

“Has not one God created us?”

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The Religious Contribution to Peace,

Justice and Integrity of Creation

Iftar Dinner

New York, NY

September 25, 2008

Welcome and opening greeting:

Arli Klassen, Executive Director,

Mennonite Central Committee

Opening remarks:

H.E. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann,

President of the 63rd General Assembly

of the United Nations

Opening prayers:

Religious leaders from the following faith traditions:

  • Roman Catholicism
  • Islam
  • Zoroastrianism

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Excerpt from “Talking to Iran” (2007) – PBS

Recitations from the Qur’an: Dr. Rahmani

Welcome and Greetings:

On behalf of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran – H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Khazaee

Panel Discussion

What does my faith tradition bring to the struggle to eliminate poverty, injustice, global warming and war?

Moderated by the Honorable Dr. John Brademas; former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip and Representative, Indiana (3rd District); President Emeritus, New York University

An Anabaptist Mennonite Christian Response:

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Shelly, Professor of Bible & Religion, Bethel College (Kansas)

A Jewish Response:

Delivered by a Jewish religious leader

A Muslim Response:

Mr. Nihad Awad, Executive Director,

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

A Lutheran Protestant Response:

H.E. the Rev. Kjell-Magne Bondevik, former Prime

Minister of Norway; President, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights

An Iranian Response:

H.E. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President, the Islamic

Republic of Iran

Questions and Discussion

“Peace Prayer”:

Dr. Vinu Aram, Director, Shanti Ashram

(Coimbatore, India); Vice Moderator, Religions for

Peace

Summation:

The Rev. Chris Ferguson, Representative to the United Nations; Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches

Thank You and Closing:

Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Co-sponsored by:

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • Quaker United Nations Office
  • Religious for Peace
  • World Council of Churches,

Commission of the Churches on International Affairs

In co-operation with the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

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