The Baptist Center for Ethics will screen its forthcoming documentary on immigration at its annual luncheon scheduled for June 23 in Tampa, Fla., in conjunction with the general assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The currently untitled documentary will bring more light and less heat to the immigration issue, ranked as one of the most important problems facing the United States. It pledges to separate myths from facts, examine what the Bible says about treatment of the “stranger,” explore the experiences of unauthorized immigrants and provide handles for Christians to advance the common good.

Scheduled for release in the summer of 2011, the documentary’s first public screening will be in Tampa.

“The stories we’ve found remind us that complex and controversial ‘issues’ are finally about people who love their families and want to do what God expects,” said Cliff Vaughn, media producer for, about the documentary.

At the luncheon, Baptist philanthropist Babs Baugh will also be recognized as’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2010.

For the first time, BCE’s luncheon will have a corporate sponsor – Ministers and Missionaries Benefits Board (MMBB), which provides retirement and insurance benefits to church workers.

Noted for its long-standing commitment to racial and social equality, MMBB provided coverage to Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. MMBB was also a significant sponsor of the 2008 Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant.

MMBB’s corporate sponsorship enables BCE to offer ticket prices at a reduced rate of $14 per person or $140 for a table of 10.

BCE’s 2010 luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., included a screening of “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” a documentary that aired on more than 130 ABC-TV stations in 2010. The 2009 luncheon in Houston included a screening of the award-winning documentary “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” with a panel discussion. BCE’s 2008 luncheon in Memphis, Tenn., featured a Methodist law-school professor, Susan Pace Hamill, who framed taxes as a moral issue.

BCE’s annual luncheon has become one of the highlights for attendees at CBF’s general assembly.

Seating is expected to be limited.

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