The film is finally finished. It took much longer than anticipated, but I think it was a great learning experience for me on many levels, both technically speaking, as well as research based. Each 15 minute clip takes about three hours to upload onto youtube, so I can only post the first 6 parts in this post, but I hope you will check it out. I would love to hear feedback from you. Thanks again to Chris White and Douglas Hamp for being a part of this and the countless others who inspired me to put this thing together. In the next week or so, I am going to try to get the full film posted somewhere and make it downloadable so you can burn it on DVD.
Lumen, 9-11 Interfaith Dialogue Comments
Last Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9-11, my church held an interfaith dialogue event. Several speakers spoke but I actually only got to see a couple of them since I was working in another building. However, I did want to comment on what I did see. First off, what our pastor Mike Eerie said was spot on in my opinion. He talked about starting out apologizing because he himself admitted he chose the American flag over the cross when the event happened. Second, he said we should look at conviction not compromise. This I thought was important because too many dialogues of this sort ends up being an agreement session on the similarities while pushing the major differences under the rug. Third, he said we need to be able to converse being outright and honest about our faith. In other words, we must approach peace dialogue as if saying, “I believe in Jesus, and I would love to see nothing more than for you to come to Christ, but let’s talk anyways.” Making friends without the goal of conversion was another key point I heard.
Something that did in fact bother me was on the topic, or lackthereof for the conspiracy factor. During the event, people were able to text in questions that were asked to the panel of speakers at the end of the session. The moderator, my friend Jeff, who is also a pastor here stood up and mentioned how there were many questions on conspiracies and it was a major topic of questions that were submitted, but then proceeded not to ask any of the panel regarding the issue.
My contention with that was, I believe that the Muslim-Christian conversation would be much more productive in a sense, if we were to discuss the conspiracy because it was neither the fault of the Christian nor the Muslim in the particular indicent of 9-11. The main culprit, as most of us by now realize (I hope), are the shadow elite trying to bring about this one world system, and to get caught up in the finger pointing between the two faiths in essence is the precise reaction these elite were hoping for and fabricating from the event. I was dissappointed in my friend and pastor for not pursuing these issues.