Muslim Americans meet with Baptist leader for ground breaking dialogue

By: Brian Kaylor

Roy Medley (l), general secretary of the American Baptist Churches, USA, shakes hands with Sayyid Syeed, national interfaith director of the Islamic Society of North America, as the meeting begins. (Brian Kaylor)

Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.

Baptist plenary speakers for the gathering included: Charles Kimball of the University of Oklahoma; Rob Sellers of the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; and Cheryl Townsend Gilkes of Colby College in Maine. Muslims scholars who made presentations were: Imam Amir Mukhtar Faezi of the Bait-ul-llm Academy in the Chicago area; Louay M. Safi of the Islamic Society of North America Leadership Development Center in Plainfield, Ind.; and Muhammad Shafiq of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.

Additional leaders for the weekend included: Roy Medley, general secretary of the American Baptist Churches, USA; Sayyid Syeed, national interfaith director of the Islamic Society of North America; and Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton. Participants also represented the Alliance of Baptists, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance and Progressive National Baptist Convention.

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2 comments for “Muslim Americans meet with Baptist leader for ground breaking dialogue

  1. July 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I agree. The church has been bought and paid for by the Saudi’s. Just like Balam he could not find anything to curse the children of Israel for so he sent in the women to bring them down.
    How do you bring down the church, through buying them out. The prosperity messages, the mega church’s and now the Christian Universities. Whoever thought .

    So sad.

  2. Richard Fisher
    July 26, 2011 at 7:11 am

    As anyone that understands Bible Prophecy knows, in the End Times there is to be a falling away of church leaders, as well as other professing christians.This is just another example.

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