Faith, Political Engagement & US-Iranian Relations

A delegation of religious leaders from the USCCB traveled to Iran earlier this year to engage in a religious and moral dialogue hosted by the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers of Qom, the preeminent center of religious scholarship in Iran. The religious leaders discussed nuclear weapons and Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues.

The dialogue sought to promote greater understanding and peace between Americans and Iranians. In a joint declaration issued after the meetings, they explored foundational moral values and fundamental moral questions regarding weapons of mass destruction.

At an event co-sponsored by the Arms Control Association on October 29, participants from the USCCB delegation, including Bishop Richard E. Pates, shared reflections on their engagement with Shia religious leaders and scholars in Iran. They discussed the moral questions both faith traditions raise related to nuclear weapons and the role religious actors can play in helping to create political space for further U.S.-Iranian engagement.

The full transcript can be found on the Arms Control Association website.

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