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More than 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon since 2011. However, people like Imam Imad Enchassi – and the nun who taught him as a boy – have left bright candles for all to follow. […] Read More

Growing up in Beirut, Imad Enchassi’s world was disrupted in 1982 when right-wing Christian militants slaughtered up to 3,000 people in two days. However, he would not give in to vengeance. […] Read More

How might we share our faith with Muslims in an ethical way? Consider these five thoughts; one or more of them might start or further a conversation to help you do just that. […] Read More

When sharing your faith with Muslims, taking the position of ‘loving Muslims’ while ‘hating Islam’ is not a healthy starting point. So where do you begin? […] Read More

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

Genesis details the family origins of Abraham and his sons. After receiving a promise from Yahweh, Abraham bore his first son through Sarah’s Egyptian servant, Hagar. Hagar’s son was named Ishmael. Years later, Sarah bore Abraham a second son, Isaac. Brothers from different mothers, the two grew up under Abraham’s protection and love. Unfortunately, according […] 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

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