For those of you who are following and may have, for just a second even, wondered if I was still alive I have good news for you…..I am! I have not blogged in several weeks due to a variety of things such as:
- Getting my house ready to sell, which includes all kinds of things I never thought about!
- Tying up other loose ends and getting my family ready to move across the country in the next six months or so.
- Shooting a “Jesus Dialogue” in Raleigh, NC which was put on by Peace Catalyst International and The Islamic Association of Raleigh, which was a bunch of fun.
- Shooting the 9th annual Banquet for The Muslim American Political Action Council in Raleigh, NC…also a bunch of fun.
- Meeting a ton of People in Raleigh, NC, which in the near future will be our new home and finally…
- Shooting images of the largest Mosque in the SE United States during a short visit to Atlanta.
So amidst all those things I have been a little busy, but I thought I would finally take some time and sit down today to write. Many of you have asked for the story behind the Jesus Dialogue and the Muslim American Political Action Council Banquet, so I thought I would briefly share about these two events.
First, the Jesus Dialogue. The short story is that was a dialogue between followers of Jesus and Muslims about who Jesus is, according to their different faith perspectives. I had a great time at this event and was so encouraged and inspired to see so many examples of people of faith coming together to pursue a deeper and richer understanding of each others lives and faiths. The images below are just a few from the evening. I am working on putting together a photo story about the event, which I will hopefully get done soon. You can visit my website if you want to see more images of the Jesus Dialogue.
The next event I photographed was the 9th Annual Banquet for the Muslim American Political Action Council, which is an advocacy group for Muslims in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. The keynote speakers, Former American Senator Mark Siljander and the Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera News, Dr. Abderrahim Foukara, did a great job touching on sensitive but highly important issues.
Again, I am working on a longer photo story, but have posted a few images below. You can see more images of the Banquet on my website.
So there you have it! There’s a “snapshot” of what I have been up to lately. I really do count it a privilege to get to be one of just so many use my craft to tell stories of hope and reconciliation, especially in a day and age when our news channels are filled with images of hate, violence and war.
What is also great is how many chances I have, because of these images and opportunities, to share my experiences in the Muslim World with others. So I would love to hear from you. What questions do you have? What experiences have you had in your own photographic adventures and otherwise, that have led you to move beyond stereotypes you once held? How, because of these experiences do you have a deeper and richer understanding, appreciation love for Muslims, Christians or other peoples, cultures or religions that are different than you!