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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