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One of the real pleasures of documentary filmmaking is getting to spend some intentional time with people – that is, directed moments together that can include conversation, observation, contemplation. People of all ages have impressed me, but perhaps no group more so than those with decades of experience. Age affects each of us differently, but […] Read More

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA Freedom & Justice Commissions – the commissions on Baptist-Muslim Relations and […] Read More

Baptist and Muslim relationships top the agenda for global Baptist leaders who gather this week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for the annual conclave of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) – much as was the case at the 2012 meeting in Santiago, Chile. One of the most dynamic sessions will focus on the conflict between Christians […] Read More

Mary Meeker was identified by Fortune magazine as “one of the ten smartest people in tech.” She delivered in May a major report on Internet trends at an “All Things Digital” conference. Using slides, Meeker said we need to re-imagine where we are: â—     We are shifting from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones. […] Read More

Three interfaith and social justice documentaries produced by a Nashville-based nonprofit will air in the Atlanta-area market in early 2012. AtlantaInterfaithBroadcasters, which offers 24/7 programming in the 19-county metropolitan Atlanta area, will begin airing in January 2012 three documentaries produced by, an imprint of the Baptist Center for Ethics. BCE and AIB began a […] Read More

Japan’s horrific disaster swept the U.S. House of Representatives’ hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims off the public radar.   Remember that only last Thursday, March 10, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, held hearings that triggered fears in the American Muslim community, cheers from right-wing Christians and jeers […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the first of several dispatches on the Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania.   Three Oklahomans – two Baptists and a Muslim – left behind that state’s infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.   […] Read More

Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler sent me an e-mail about a conversation she had with Joe Crumpler, her husband and longtime Ohio pastor. She wrote that she and Joe were talking about how every pastor needs a pastor. Carolyn is a former board member of the Baptist Center for Ethics and a former executive director of the […] Read More

Baptist and Muslim leaders “found common ground” last Sunday. That was the lead to Memphis’ Commercial Appeal story covering a documentary screening of “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” held last Sunday afternoon at the city’s First Baptist Church. Carol Richardson, the church’s associate pastor, called the screening and panel discussion a “giant leap […] Read More

Having served Memphis for more than 170 years, the First Baptist Church is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of a documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action. Some cities are locked in heated controversies over the building of mosques, and some churches […] Read More