Mark your calendars for upcoming screenings of our documentary-style DVDs which will be shown in public gathering in seven states this fall.

Most events will have panel discussions. If you are in the area of our screenings, we hope you will attend. If you aren’t geographically nearby but have friends who are, then please forward this editorial to them with a note encouraging them to join with those of goodwill for a first-rate educational experience.

On October 19, “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” will be shown at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. The screening begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University in downtown Nashville. The film is one of more than 30 films that will be shown at the festival, which runs Oct. 15-19. Cliff Vaughn, the film’s co-producer, and I will moderate the discussion.

On October 26, “Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists’ Relationship with Jews” will be shown at the First Baptist Church of Mobile, Ala. Panelists include Donald Kunstadt, rabbi of Springhill Avenue Temple; Bart McNeil, attorney; Brent McDougal, coordinator of Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship; and Steven Silberman, rabbi at Ahavas Chesed Congregation. Event sponsors are First Baptist Church and the Mobile Area Christian-Jewish Dialogue. Christopher George is the host pastor.

On October 29, “Beneath the Skin” will be shown at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Tex. The DVD will be screened at the church the next day at a luncheon for area clergy and laity. I will be involved in both events.

On November 6, “Beneath the Skin” will be shown at Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., at 11:30 a.m. The screening is sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. Although details have not yet been released, I have committed to moderate the panel discussion.

On November 13, “Beneath the Skin” will be shown at a luncheon at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. Panelists include Emmanuel McCall, one of the DVD’s interviewees, and Michael Tutterow, pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church. Cliff Vaughn will moderate the panel discussion. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia is the key event sponsor with the support of the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association.

On November 16, Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, N.C., is sponsoring a screening of “Good Will for the Common Good” at 4:00 p.m. Panelists include Fred Guttman, rabbi at Temple Emanuel; Patrick Cronin, pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church; and Ken Massey, pastor of First Baptist Church Greensboro. I will moderate the panel discussion.

On December 2, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas will sponsor a screening of “Beneath the Skin” at Second Baptist Church of Little Rock beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist College and one of the DVD interviewees, is one of the confirmed panelists.

Add one more event to the schedule. On November 11, at the annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia in Roanoke, the Christian Life Committee is sponsoring a breakout session from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Hotel Roanoke titled “What Should Christians Do About Predatory Lending?” I will be leading the breakout session with a video clip about predatory lenders and a presentation of applied Christianity.

Will you join us at these special events? Will you invite your friends to join us?

Robert Parham is executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics.

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