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Hardin-Simmons Professor Named to Board of Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Floyd Miller



Dr. Rob Sellers, Connally Professor of Missions and professor of missions ministry in Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon School of Theology, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. “Appointment to an international organization of the scope and prominence of the Parliament is an honor for Sellers and for Hardin-Simmons University,” says HSU interim provost and chief academic officer Dr. Don Williford. {{more}}The Parliament’s Board of Trustees consists of representatives from all the major living world religions, as well as some indigenous and New Age groups. Members of the Board are charged with promoting the mission of the Parliament, “To cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities.” The group also seeks “to engage with guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world,” according to its mission statement at a year, Sellers will attend trustee meetings in Chicago at Parliament headquarters. Among his duties will be to help plan the next World Parliament Congress in 2014. Aiding the trustees in their work are international advisors and religious leaders such as the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist from Dharmsala, India; Rabbi David Rosen from Jerusalem; Abdullah Omar Nasseef, president of the World Muslim Congress from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu from Cape Town, South Africa. “I am deeply committed to the work of interfaith relations, and I believe that relationship is crucial to one’s being an effective, respectful Christian witness in the world.” Sellers is an active member of the Abilene Interfaith Council. He also serves nationally and internationally on other interfaith organizations. He is a member of a task force representing five denominations that coordinate national and regional Baptist-Muslim dialogue events.Representing the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Sellers sits with delegates from 25 other Christian bodies on the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches. In addition to his new responsibilities on the Parliament, he is also a member of the Baptist-Muslim Relations Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. Contact: Janlyn ThaxtonHSU PR, 670-1264,

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