In response to continuing fighting and bloodshed in their country, Muslim and Christian leaders from Syria have joined together to urgently call for a peaceful solution to the ongoing violence. The statement came out of a meeting organized by the Religions for Peace Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Council. Religions for Peace was founded in 1970 through the interfaith coordination led by the Japanese lay-Buddhist religion Rissho Kosei-kai and the Unitarian Universalist Association. In an interesting coincidence, UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales is currently in Japan visiting with Rissho Kosei-kai counterparts and many other historic interfaith colleagues. The press release from Religions for Peace is available on the Religions for Peace website.