Jesse Jackson would be the first to say that the religious leaders who accompanied him to Belgrade in late April were not just his props. While the media coverage didn't show the extraordinary breadth of our 15-member interfaith delegation, that breadth was our strength. And the key to the mission's success lay precisely in the solidarity that we—Christians, Muslims and Jews—shared with each other and especially with our Yugoslav counterparts, who had asked us urgently to come to Belgrade. By going, by putting ourselves ever so briefly under the same bombing they endure night after night, we believe we helped to strengthen their witness for peace.
Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, was co-leader of the U.S. religious leaders' delegation to Belgrade. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Leonid Kishkovsky, a delegation member, is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America and a former NCC president.