Friday, July 24, 2015

Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award

The Baptist World Congress continued Thursday in Durban, South Africa. A key highlight of the day came as the Baptist World Alliance's human rights award was given. My Ethics Daily article today, Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award, highlights the story of the winner: Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda.


In the article, I also highlight the story of a Baptist I met from South Sudan who is similarly working to promote human rights. Edward Dima, president of the Baptist Convention of South Sudan, is the first person from his young nation to attend a Congress. You can watch a video interview with Dima that my Ethics Daily colleagues Robert Parham and Cliff Vaughn created.


I am glad to be part of a group that takes human rights advocacy seriously. You can see other photos I took during from Day 2 (Thursday) of the Congress here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

The Baptist World Congress opened Wednesday in Durban, South Africa. The first Congress held in Africa, the opening worship session included an energetic welcome from African Baptists. My latest Ethics Daily article, Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress, reports on that focus. The piece includes comments from an interview I had with Paul Msiza, a South African who will serve as Baptist World Alliance president from 2015-2020. I also highlight how the Congress embraces the many languages represented at the Congress.


The above picture of Msiza is one of many I took during the first day of the Congress, and Baptist News Global ran it with an article. Another Baptist News Global article includes a photo I took of the evening's preacher, Peter Chin of the Republic of Korea. You can see my full album of the day here.


I also shot a couple of short videos during the opening worship session. The first video features South African performers singing as flags of African nations rotate on the screen. The second video features South African performers singing "We love you, Madiba" (Nelson Mandela). I enjoyed the African flavor to the worship and look forward to the rest of the Congress.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Global Baptists Gather in South Africa

The Baptist World Congress officially started today in Durban, South Africa. My first Ethics Daily article ran today to introduce the gathering. The article, Global Baptists Gather in South Africa, includes some excellent comments from an interview I had with outgoing Baptist World Alliance (BWA) President John Upton. He has led the BWA well over the last five years and I appreciate his work on behalf of the global Baptist family. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dubai

I landed a few hours ago in Durban, South Africa, to attend the Baptist World Congress this week. I left early Sunday morning with two of my Ethics Daily colleagues and we had a day layover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

While in Dubai, we filmed a short video conversation between Robert Parham and myself on Baptist-Muslim relationships. Cliff Vaughn shot it and edited it up nicely. The video ended on an unplanned - but good - note. You can watch it here or below.


Robert Parham and Brian Kaylor: Baptist-Muslim Relationships from EthicsDaily on Vimeo.

Dubai is a fascinating city with many interesting buildings, unique places, and ambitious goals. The city has basically moved from an primitive camp to a massive, modern city in just half a century. You can see all photos from my visit here.