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Interfaith cooperation was the last thing on my mind. Having grown up in a conservative Baptist church, studied in an evangelical seminary and served as an American Baptist missionary in the predominantly Christian countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, I really never gave much thought to what relationships with people of other faiths might […] Read More

My interfaith journey began early one August morning as my new kindergarten students entered my classroom. Some came in eagerly, some were shy and a few shed a tear or two. The room filled with parents who were also eager, shy and shedding tears. One little girl with dark brown wavy hair and large brown […] Read More

Jesus understood that freedom and truth go hand in hand. In John 8:31-32, Jesus taught his disciples that the “truth will set you free.” Where there is no truth, there is no freedom. And this is true “on earth as it is in heaven.” On earth, the Declaration of Independence set the United States apart […] Read More

How do you begin conversations with parishioners and neighbors at home whose minds seemed closed by negative stereotypes of Islam? We Baptists wondered this aloud as we left the third national Baptist-Muslim Dialogue in Green Lake, Wisconsin. We spoke at length about confronting Islamophobia in our churches and communities. Does this mean correcting Uncle John […] Read More

I had no idea what to expect when I got off the plane in Wisconsin for the third national Baptist-Muslim Dialogue. I was honored to have been asked to represent a delegation of Baptists for this historic meeting held on April 16-19. After the meeting, I remain absolutely humbled by being in the presence of […] Read More

Sugar and spice, thunder and lightning, picnics and ants, ocean and waves, washers and dryers, children and laughter, Baptists and Muslims. If you were playing a categories game where you named pairs of items that naturally fit together, you most likely would not think of “Baptists and Muslims.” Yet, at the Green Lake Conference Center […] Read More

I did not know what to expect when I was asked to attend the third Baptist-Muslim Dialogue of North America in the stead of Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Elijah M. Brown. The reports from the first and second dialogues include deep, thoughtful reflections from experts in Muslim-Baptist interface and theology. I began reading […] Read More

The third North American Baptist-Muslim Dialogue at the American Baptist Assembly at Green Lake, Wisconsin, took place on April 16-19. What and why is that? A little backstory is needed. On Oct. 13, 2007, 138 Muslim scholars and other leaders signed “A Common Word Between Us and You,” a document stating that Christians and Muslims […] Read More

Buzzwords that show up in social media posts, newscasts and daily conversations are often vague. This inevitably results in misunderstanding when we say a word with a certain thing in mind and the person listening takes a very different meaning from what we’ve said. The solution to this “problem” is simple. We just need to […] Read More

The powerful strategize; the powerless engage in tactics. So writes Emmanuel Katongole in his book, “Mirror in the Church – Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda.” People in power plan the way they want things to be. They do research and analyze from a distance. They employ technology and expertise. They are pragmatic and lay […] Read More