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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From Boston to the Bible Belt and from Beaumont to the nation’s beltway, Baptists and Muslims are changing history with the way they change each other.

Tired of being defined by extremists, some Baptists and Muslims in the United States have sought and found common ground: the common word in both traditions to love God and love neighbor. The courageous Baptists and Muslims in “Different Books, Common Word” will surprise you.


“Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” produced by EthicsDaily.com, begins airing nationwide on ABC-TV stations Jan. 3, 2010, and continues through Feb. 28, 2010. Check your local listings for airtimes.


The hour-long documentary follows five stories of interfaith dialogue and action among Baptists and Muslims – two faith traditions often popularly characterized by their extremists.


Shooting on “Different Books, Common Word” began in January 2009, when 40 Baptist and 40 Muslim leaders gathered outside Boston for the first-ever national dialogue between the two Abrahamic faith traditions. Shooting continued for six months and covered stories in other locales:



Participants include:



“Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims” will be supplied by EthicsDaily.com to ABC-TV stations beginning in January 2010 through an arrangement with the Islamic Society of North America, the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission and ABC-TV.


The documentary will simultaneously be available for purchase on DVD, which includes numerous extras. A free discussion guide will also be available for download at www.differentbookscommonword.com.


“The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, not as a means of conversion, but because it’s the right thing to do,” said Robert Parham, executive editor of EthicsDaily.com and the documentary’s co-producer/director.


“Viewers will be surprised to see new stories of respect and partnership that are emerging in the United States between goodwill Muslims and Baptists,” said Parham. “We hope these stories will begin to replace the negative ones about both Muslims and Baptists.”


“Our hope is also that this documentary will bring Baptists and Muslims together on the local level for conversations and community-building,” said Parham. “If Muslims and Baptists are peacemakers together in the United States, then they will show the rest of the world a better way and provide a challenge to follow to other Christians and Muslims.”


“Different Books, Common Word” is EthicsDaily.com’s sixth production. Previous DVDs included examinations of Baptist-Jewish relations, global poverty, and faith and politics.


EthicsDaily.com’s most recent production was “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism,” which won the best documentary award at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville in October 2008 and a similar award at the Cine-Fest Motion Picture Expo in Louisville in December 2008. It was accepted for screening at the San Diego Black Film Festival in January 2009 and was nominated for the best documentary award at the Texas Black Film Festival in February 2009.


It has also been used in countless churches and programs, including the American Baptist Churches USA biennial meeting in Pasadena, Calif., the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly in Houston, Texas, and various regional gatherings of the New Baptist Covenant.




Robert Parham




See video clips, publicity stills and more at www.differentbookscommonword.com