Role of Jordan: Realizing enduring Peace in the Middle East
We arrived on March 30th in Amman, Jordan. We were welcomed by Jordanian
senators and key religious leaders. Our conference, "The Role of
Jordan: Realizing Enduring Peace in the Middle East," was covered by
Jordanian TV and newspapers.
It was beautiful. Our IIFWP representative Fosayo and the Middle East Office
under Rev. Ji did an outstanding job. Our speakers were key figures from
America and Jordan who have been working on peace. The prince of Jordan came.
It was a beautiful experience. Jordan is unique as a Muslim country and
strong ally of the U.S. There was great interest generated by our visit.
Imam Haitham Bundakji played a key role. He shares with his brother, the
president of a major Arab Bank, a home in Jordan. He was able to invite many
key Jordanian figures. We had a testimonial night at his home that was very
The delegation of 72 Ambassadors for Peace then went to Mount Nebo on the
third day. We stood where Moses stood when he looked over the promised land
but could not go in. A moving service was held in which Bishop Stallings
read the scriptures from Deuteronomy and Numbers that explained that because
Moses struck the rock twice he could not enter the promised land. We believe
that in the era of the Peace Kingdom that all is being forgiven and restored.
Dr. Yang, Rev. Ji, Fosayo and I could go to the Holy Ground in Jordan near
Mount Nebo that Father Moon created 40 years ago. Moses went with us across
the Jordan this time. We sang "Joshua fought the Battle of
Jericho" at the ruins of Jericho after we crossed the border. Then we
entered the City of Peace - Jerusalem. Our first stop was to pray at the
Garden of Gethsemane. At the tree in the middle of the Garden is our holy
ground with a tree in which 40 years ago Father Moon drove three nails --
one for Judaism, one for Islam and one for Christianity. He then prayed that
the three Abrahamic faiths would become one. We prayed at that spot in the
Garden, remembering Jesus' agony and yet rejoicing that having received his
crown in Jerusalem he is now exalted and liberated.
The next day we had an all-day conference with Sheikh Tamimi, "Conference
for Interreligious Dialogue." It was officially endorsed by his
excellency President Mahmoud Abbas. Fifty sheikhs attended. All the
important Islamic sheikhs from each district of the West Bank came. We
shared presentations from our delegates and the delegates under Sheikh
Tamimi. We promoted a nonviolent understanding of resolving the conflict in
the Holy Land and the importance of the religious leaders taking a central
role in peacemaking.
Rev. Walter Fauntroy, noted Civil Rights leader and former member of the
U.S. Congress for 20 years, did an excellent presentation on nonviolence and
the way that it was applied to break the yoke of discrimination in America.
The shiekhs were very uplifted. It was a historic moment. We then marched
together to the separation wall. Our message is that we are in the era in
which we must eliminate boundaries. Therefore our position is that the wall
will not support the path to peace. We call for the removal of the wall
through dialogue, understanding, and mutual agreement. We fully realize that
we must dissolve the hatred in the hearts of the people and get to the root
causes for the conflict, when the enemies are reconciled through love and
real relationship. We are witnessing a tremendous response from Jewish
people of faith and principle and Muslim and Christian people of faith and
principle. Based on their efforts, eventually the walls will be eliminated.
Only through love and absolute commitment to nonviolent serving, loving, and
sacrificing for our brothers and sisters can the pains of history be wiped
away. There is hope in
the Holy Land.