Professor John D. Barton is a visiting associate professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Also the Associate Director for the Center for Faith and Learning at Pepperdine University, Prof. Barton holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a M.Div. in Theology from the Harding Graduate School of Religion. His academic interests include African and comparative philosophy, interfaith dialogue, and reconciliation studies.
” Certainly the Hizmet Movement represents Islam by offering examples. Examples of Muslim people, people who practice the Islamic faith, who are devout Muslims. Examples of people from that background or from that faith, who contribute to world peace, who serve other people in the name of common humanity, who don’t discriminate who receives their service. ..”
” The first time I went to Turkey, we were in the home of a family. … we got to know each other, we ate together. And then we were going around sharing something of our stories, our lives together, and I asked him, through a translator, “what do you do?” And he answered, “Well, right now I’m helping to build a hospital in Uganda, East Africa, to heal people and to serve people and to try to alleviate poverty.” And immediately I felt this connection with him, because we were working in the same place in Uganda, East Africa. We were working for the same things, to try to help people, and serve people, and alleviate poverty, and heal.”
” I see an Islam that is serious in their conviction, serious in its conviction, but also using those convictions to serve and to help.”
” … we can talk about theories of humanitarian aid and theories of humanitarian relief, but when I go to Uganda, a country that I love, a country that I have invested many years in, where I’ve tried to do my part from a Christian perspective to serve people and do humanitarian relief, and I meet there people of the Hizmet Movement who are doing the same thing, I think I gain a real picture of what this movement is about. It is very encouraging to me.”