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

“Has not one God created us?”


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


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



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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