3,000 Christians from Across America Coming to D.C. Worship and Protest to End Iraq War Christian Peace Witness Set for March 16th; Worship to be Followed by

Procession to White House and Peaceful Protest

    WASHINGTON, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of Christians
 -- Evangelicals, mainline Protestants, and Catholics -- from more than 40
 states will fill the Washington National Cathedral to capacity on March
 16th to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War. The worship service
 will be followed by a candlelight procession through the center of our
 nation's capital to the White House, which thousands of Christians will
 surround with the light of peace.
     Organized by a broad cross section of Christian organizations,
 Christian Peace Witness for Iraq is expected to be the largest expressly
 Christian war protest to take place since the War in Iraq began four years
 ago. To date, more than 20 bus loads of Christians will travel to
 Washington from states across the country, including Texas, Ohio, Indiana,
 North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. More than 150
 Christian and interfaith peace vigils and actions will also be held around
 the country, including large-scale acts of moral civil disobedience
 organized by Christian Peace Witness coalition member group the Declaration
 of Peace.
     WHAT:   Christian Peace Witness for Iraq
     WHEN:   Friday March 16, 2007 at 7 p.m. (admission tickets required, visit
             http://www.christianpeacewitness.org) Candlelight Procession at 8
             p.m.; Peaceful Protest at White House at 9:30 p.m.
     WHERE:  Washington National Cathedral, the White House
     WHO:    Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and author of
             God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't
             Get It.
             Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, president for the North American
             Conference of the World Council of Churches
             Rick Ufford-Chase, executive director of Presbyterian Peace
             Fellowship and former moderator of the General Assembly of the
             Presbyterian Church
             Rev. Raphael Warnock, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta,
             Celeste Zappala, a United Methodist and founding member of Gold
             Start Families Speak Out, whose son was killed in Iraq in April
     Prominent religious leaders and peace activists, including Jim Wallis,
 Celeste Zappala, Bernice Powell Jackson, and Raphael Warnock will speak at
 the National Cathedral worship service. After the service, thousands of
 Christians will process three miles by candlelight to the White House,
 where a solemn, prayerful vigil will dramatize the Christian call for peace
 in Iraq. As part of the vigil, participants, including many clergy members,
 will encircle the White House with a band of candlelight to express their
 conviction that the teachings of Jesus call unequivocally for an end to the
     Please visit http://www.christianpeacewitness.org for more information
 and to see a list of our sponsor organizations.
     CONTACT: Katie Barge, 202-481-8147 / 202-243-8289,
 kbarge@faithinpubliclife.org; Dan Nejfelt, 202-745-4654, dnejfelt@sojo.net
 or Jack Pannell, 202-745-4625 jpannell@sojo.net

SOURCE Sojourners/Call to Renewal

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