Faith Communities Uniting for Peace calls upon people of faith and conscience in Central Ohio to join in fasting from dawn to dusk on Monday, October 8, to call for an end to the Iraq War. On this day, people of faith in local communities across our nation will act as catalysts to transform the meaning of the day from one of conquest to community and from violence to reverence. Ending this war can become the first step toward a policy that embodies a deeper, broader sense of generosity and community at home and in the world.

We invite Central Ohioans to join in a community breaking of the fast on October 8, 2007 evening at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street in Clintonville (Columbus, Ohio). We will gather at 6:30 pm and break the fast at 7:04 pm . The event will be a silent vigil. Please feel free to bring a brown bag dinner to eat after the sunset breaking of the fast.

After the breaking of the fast, you are also invited to attend a special presentation at 7:15 pm hosted by Central Ohioans for Peace of Ms. Mary Yoder on her experiences in the West Bank with Christian Peacemaker Teams. The presentation will be held at nearby Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue (one block North of North Broadway and one block East of North High Street). Parking is available at Columbus Mennonite Church and nearby city streets (please do not park in the Kroger parking lot).

The local Interfaith fast to end the war in Iraq is a part of a national campaign by religious organizations to end the war in Iraq. National organizations sponsoring this campaign include Alliance for Jewish Renewal, American Friends Service Committee, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Council on American Islamic Relations, Church of the Brethren Witness/Washington Office, Ecumenical Peace Institute/Clergy and Laity Concerned, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, The Fellowship of Reconciliation, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Council of Churches USA, Network of Spiritual Progressives, Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, Religions for Peace - USA, Shalom Center, Sojourners Magazine, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, and United Church of Christ - Justice and Witness Ministries.More information is available at

On October 8, Central Ohioans will gather together as communities of diverse faiths to fast to:
- End the war in Iraq
- pray for peace
- promote peace, harmony, restraint, and interfaith understanding, and
- foster unity among people in Central Ohio and around the world.

Faith Communities Uniting for Peace is a gathering of people of faith in Central Ohio, prompted by the war on Iraq, to find common ground, encouragement and wisdom for the transformation of the world. The organization affirms that "all faiths call followers to live and speak with peace, justice and compassion," and commits itself to putting our faith values into action. Members of Faith Communities Uniting for Peace include persons affiliated with several faith groups (American Baptist, Baha'i, Buddhist, Church of the Brethren, Episcopal, Friends, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Sikh, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist) as well as other people of conscience.

Rev. John Wagner, 614-895-0243,
Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner, 614-844-6200,