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Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs

122 C Street N.W., Suite 125
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: 202-783-7507

Action Alert: updated Wednesday July 09, 2003                                                      Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

ELCA "Quick Links" on Iraq

House and Senate contact information

U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 

The Honorable (Name)
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC  20510

The Honorable (Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, DC  20500
tel. 202-456-1111

Please write and call President Bush, your Representative, and your Senators to express your views concerning Iraq.

You may wish to use the following statements and letters from ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson as guides.

April 16, 2003, Statement of ELCA Presiding Bishop "End of Overt Hostilities in Iraq War"

March 20, 2003, Pastoral Letter and Statement of ELCA Presiding Bishop

March 18, 2003, ELCA News Service: 'Peace Knows No Deadlines' Says ELCA Presiding Bishop

March 11, 2003, ELCA News Service: ELCA Presiding Bishop Criticizes White House on Iraq

November 26, 2002, Statement of ELCA Presiding Bishop

September 12, 2002, Ecumenical Letter to President Bush

August 30, 2002, Statement of ELCA Presiding Bishop

The National Council of Churches 2002 General Assembly adopted on November 16, 2002, a "Resolution Expressing Appreciation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement on Iraq."  The USCCB statement was released on November 13.

The following ELCA policy documents are relevant to the current situation regarding Iraq: 2002 ELCA Church Council action on Iraq, 1991 Churchwide Assembly action "Conflict in the Middle East," 1995 social statement "For Peace in God's World," and the 2001 Churchwide Assembly action "Economic Sanctions Against Iraq and Cuba."

The September 2002 newsletter of Churches for Middle East Peace,  Iraq War Plans Consume Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking, and an April 2002 CMEP letter to the President on Iraq are also helpful resources.  For a list of events related to Iraq and other resources go to the National Council of Churches web site

Other Resources:  

1) Church Leaders United Against War in Iraq

2) Letter to President Bush concerning the use of landmines in a war with Iraq

3) Global Companions’ Responses to a Potential U.S. Attack on Iraq

4)  National Council of Churches' "Season of Peacemaking" Links to statements and other resources for education and advocacy on Iraq

5) Journal of Lutheran Ethics article by David L. Perry, "Should We Invade Iraq?"  

6) The Lutheran editorial by David L. Miller, "We must say 'no' - America's drift toward war with Iraq fails the just war test"  

7) Lutheran Peace Fellowship home page

8) Pennsylvania Religious Leaders' Statement on Iraq

9) Links to The Episcopal Church, USA, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and United Church of Christ resource pages on Iraq

For more information, visit or contact Mark Brown at the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs:

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