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Noting that the war of words between the U.S. and Iran has reached “dangerous” levels, the board members of the United Methodist Church’s social action agency last month urged both governments “to moderate their language and begin constructive conversation about a peaceable future.” The Church and Society resolution, framed at an April 20-23 meeting in Washington, quoted the wisdom-over-weapons-of-war counsel in Ecclesiastes 9:17-18. James Winkler, the board’s top executive, lamented in his comments that an attack on Iran continues to be raised as a possibility by U.S. government figures and that Iran’s leaders continue to concern the UN and Western nations over the suspected development of Iranian nuclear-weapons capability.


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