News from the Hill November 16, 2012 | back to index
The Baptist-Muslim Summit has its grand kickoff with a public event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First Baptist Church in Newton, 848 Centre Street in Newton Centre, Mass.
The program, “Muslims and Christians Working Together for Peace: Signs of Hope and Challenges,” will include the insights of Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the president’s Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and Ambassador Rashad Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Other events will run through Dec. 2 by invitation only.
Delegates will participate in small group discussions, workshops, worship in both the Baptist and Muslim traditions, and halal meals. The invitation-only portions of the summit’s programming will be held under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, General Secretary of the American Baptist Churches USA, and Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances of the Islamic Society of North America.
This is the second such gathering at Andover Newton, following a 2009 gathering of Baptist and Muslim scholars and religious leaders. Organizers hope the gathering will help to alleviate fear and misunderstanding of"the other” within these two communities of faith.
Sponsors are the American Baptist Churches USA, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Alliance of Baptists, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Lott Cary Society, the Islamic Society of North America, and Andover Newton Theological School.