Cliff Vaughn is the media producer for Good Faith Media, where he has worked for 20 years producing documentaries, videos and podcasts.
- What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?
I think often of Ecclesiastes 9:11: “Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.” I think some people find this depressing, but I’ve always found it comforting.
- Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview? And why?
Babs Baugh – who I think of as a “Bohemian Baptist” – no doubt shaped my life. She was all about Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love.
Robert Parham – founder of Baptist Center for Ethics and the man who gave me a job out of graduate school – shaped my life as I accompanied him across the religious landscape of 21st-century America.
And Juan – a Mexican teenager I met while he was crossing the Sonoran Desert into the United States – shaped my life. Juan’s story is long and certainly more complex than I will ever know, but I think of him – and the accidents of our births – often.
- List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.
The book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight.
The documentary, “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl,” by Ray Muller.
And the CBS reality show, “Survivor.”
- What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?
- What are a few of your hobbies?
I love learning languages.
- If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?
Lunch with my family at a place called La Rana in Costa Rica. Together, on a grand adventure, not knowing exactly what’s next, but enjoying the surprises along the way.
- Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?
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