A group of 16, including nine Canadians and seven US citizens will be visiting Iran from November 18 to December 3, 2016. The tour is being organized by the International Institute of Islamic Studies (IIIS) in Qom, Iran. The delegation will meet Islamic religious leaders and scholars as well as Christian and Jewish leaders. It will also meet officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Iranian Red Crescent Society. An emphasis, in addition to learning about Shia Islam, will be to see the historical and cultural sites in Iran and to meet with a number of people.
The leaders of the tour are Professor Harry Huebner of Canadian Mennonite University and Dr. Ed Martin, former Central and Southern Asia program director of Mennonite Central Committee and director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Interfaith Engagement.
Martin is the leading LIPW voice on Iran, and will lead a panel presentation on the Iran visit, at the Middle East Interest Group Meeting at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Saturday forenoon, January 7. Details TBA.