Making Waves

July 01, 2013

Today started like any day of meetings should - with a swim in the ocean! For me there are few things more spiritual than enjoying creation. Floating in the wide and beautiful ocean and looking up at the Blue Mountains of Jamaica provided one of those moments (the photo is one I took later in the day during a stroll between meetings). After cleaning up and eating some breakfast, I made my way to the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Communications Advisory Committee meeting. Those of us on the committee had a productive time as we talked about ways to improve the BWA's communication efforts. During the afternoon I caught up with old friends and colleagues, and met some new ones from around the world.

Finally, I attended a joint session hosted by two of the BWA's Freedom & Justice Commissions (the Commission on Baptist-Muslim Relations and the Commission on Human Rights Advocacy). The session featured Nabil Costa of Lebanon talking about Baptist-Muslim relations in the Middle East, David Kerrigan of the United Kingdom and Tony Peck of the Czech Republic talking about Israeli-Palestinian relations (the photo is one I took of Peck during the session), Paul Fiddes and Nicholas Wood of the United Kingdom talking about the follow-up efforts to the "Common Word" Baptist-Muslim dialogue efforts (for some background on the "Common Word" see an Ethics Daily article I wrote), and Donald Berry of the United States talking about how Baptist-Muslims issues connect to human rights advocacy. The session also included dialogue with those who attended. Although not as inherently peaceful as my time in the ocean waves, it is refreshing to hear from Christian leaders working hard - and even making some waves - to peacefully engage with their Muslim neighbors. We need more efforts like those undertaken by these two commissions. You can see more photos I snapped of the ocean and of each of the speakers here.

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