Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland

March 4, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 4, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported that "to enter the Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland yesterday, participants passed photos of Iraqis - a girl flashing a peace sign, a smiling housewife, a farmer, a soldier and a Baghdad street vendor... 'War is about people - not just about governments,' a sign under the photos read... A sizable percentage of women oppose war, but their opinions haven't been heard, said the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell. Campbell is chairwoman of The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, which organized the breakfast... In Cleveland, women and men from several religions chanted, sang and read prayers for peace... Haja Nurah Abdulwahab of the First Cleveland Mosque greeted the room with 'Assalam Alaikum,' which means 'peace be with you...' The group sponsored its first prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., in January and hopes to organize similar events around the country."