Stutzman joins Christian leaders in support of Iran Framework Agreement

On April 13, a large and diverse group of Christian leaders called on lawmakers to support the recent Framework Agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

In a full-page ad in Roll Call, the leaders affirmed the biblical commandment to seek peace and urged political leaders to support diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state. The ad was organized by Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners.

“As Christian leaders we are telling our political leaders: it is imperative that you pursue this agreement with integrity, commitment and perseverance,” the ad says. “We will be praying for you.”

Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, signed the statement on behalf of Mennonite Church USA.

“I’m thrilled to partner with other Christian churches and organizations whose convictions about peacemaking support the same priorities as our denomination,” Stutzman says, adding that he has gotten to know a Muslim cleric from Iran who is drawn to the Mennonite stance on peace. “The initiative in Iran is one of the ways that we can be agents of God’s reconciliation in the world. I’m grateful for the efforts our government is making for a negotiated settlement with Iran.”

View the ad here.

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—Mennonite Church USA staff, with information from a Sojourners press release.

Sojourners contact: Michael Mershon, 202 745-4654, mmershon@sojo.net