Loyd Allen is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia. He got Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society. He authored a history of Maryland/Delaware Baptists and another book titled “Crossroads in Christian Growth.” He also teaches at the prestigious Academy of Spiritual Formation.

“I think that Hizmet’s ability to create spaces for person from one culture or ethnic group or religion, to meet persons of other ethnic groups, populations, religions, is a very positive thing. I was impressed that the persons that we had contact with on this trip I made to Turkey, in which there were appointments set up, that we would meet some people from Hizmet, I was impressed that it didn’t feel like a political or professional organization at all. By “professional,” I mean something that had some ulterior motive, or some other motive.”

“Hizmet Movement, and it is an organization that does a really good job of connecting different faiths in conversation, and different political views, although there’s nothing political about Hizmet that I can tell. I haven’t been able to, I have not experienced any sense of a political agenda in Hizmet. Other than pro-democracy and freedom of speech kinds of things.”

“Along with all the other work that the Hizmet Movement does to help persons understand that there is a motive of goodwill that rises from Islamic faith, that has some real overlap with the kinds of goodwill that’s found in other religions, such as my own, is a very needed commodity in our day.”