Russell W. Goodman is a board member of the World Affairs Council, Harrisburg, PA. He’s the editor-in-chief of a supply chain company called Supply Chain Brain. Previously, he served as the editor-in-chief at Foreign Trade Magazine and at Journal of Defense & Diplomacy. Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University and a J.D. Law from Loyola University-New Orleans. He specializes in developing and managing online and print media products.

“I don’t pretend to be an expert in the Hizmet Movement, but I will say that I am very much aware that there is an accent on interreligious or interfaith dialog. That’s something that interests me a great deal. Locally in Harrisburg, I am one of the co-chairs of the Interfaith Advisory Council to the mayor of Harrisburg. Moving in interfaith circles and trying to promote understanding between people of different faiths is something that is very, very important to me. When I see that somebody else is involved in that sort of thing, and on a global scale, that’s somebody that I would dearly love to meet. That’s somebody who is doing something of which I must say I heartily approve.”

“… for the most part, the people that I have met [within the Muslim world] …. they’re very open, and they’re very friendly to folks of other faiths. That certainly has been the hallmark of the folks that I have met in the Hizmet Movement.”

” I applaud any religious movement for becoming involved in their community. So whether they are involved in charitable acts, whether they are involved in educational processes in their community, whether they are doing something to try to improve the health of people in their area, if they’re working with children in some way or another, you can’t do anything but approve of that, that’s a good thing.”

” I believe it’s important for organizations worldwide, whatever the culture, whatever the religion, to be involved in charitable activities. I think we’re enjoined by our God to try to serve our fellow men, our fellow men and women, our brothers and sisters. So when I see that Muslim organizations want to involve themselves in charitable activities, whether it’s something that will benefit Muslims or others, I can’t help but think that that’s a positive thing.”