‘Peace Delegation to Iran’ topic of Peace & Justice Coffee Talk

Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee will host a special Coffee Talk regarding the upcoming “Peace Delegation to Iran” to be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St.

Special guests will be Dr. Robert and Bonnie Block, long-time Wisconsin peace activists who visited Iran on a Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) Tour in December 2005. Dr. Robert Block is a recently retired physician. Bonnie is the former chairman of the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, which is a coalition of all the peace groups in Wisconsin. She was also the chairman of the National Council for Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of the oldest peace organizations in the United States. Mrs. Block is an attorney and social worker. She is semi-retired and leads non-violence training workshops.

Dr. & Mrs. Block will present a slide show and talk about their trip with the first peace delegation to Iran. Since the U.S. and Iranian governments are becoming increasingly hostile to one another, FOR felt it was important to establish people-to-people communication as a moderating influence to stem the tide of war.

The Blocks said they were warmly received by many people. They even met with the Jewish community in Tehran, as well as Shiite religious leaders, students at the College of Communications and Media in Tehran, and people on the street. They visited three other cities, one of which was Sharaz, noted as “a city of poets, roses and wine.” The Blocks were surprised at the poetic nature of the Iranian people and their love of poetry and verse.

Coffee Talks are free and open to the public and presented Monday evenings, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St. Rockford Peace & Justice Action Committee sponsors the Coffee Talks, with an assist from Rockford Urban Ministries, the Social Responsibilities Committee of the UU Church, and friends of George LaForrest and Rev. John Breck.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries, at 964-7111. Campbell has applied to be accepted for the next FOR peace delegation to Iran in May 2006.

From the Feb. 1-7, 2006, issue

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