Thursday, May 31, 2012

MO Pastor has Hand in Award-Winning Documentaries

Keith Herron, pastor of Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, sits on the board of directors of the Nashville-based Baptist Center for Ethics whose division,, was recently honored with two Telly Awards for its religious documentaries. "Gospel Without Borders" and "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," earned a Silver and Bronze Telly, respectively.

"Gospel Without Borders" focuses on faith and immigration and highlights stories in Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama and Iowa. It has been screened across the country and distributed in bulk by Catholic and Methodist bishops.

"Sacred Texts, Social Duty" is an hour-long documentary that explores how Jewish, Christian and Muslim people of faith read their sacred texts and what they say morally about taxation.

"There's a great need for goodwill Christians to offer a serious response to the world informed by the traditions of their faith," said Herron, who has been pastor at Holmeswood since 2001. "The documentaries produced by tackle some of the thorniest issues of our day."

"These resources are valuable for anyone who lives at the intersection of public policy and the needs of the community," he added.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 by David E. Carter, a Clio and Emmy winner with a career spanning TV production, advertising, and book publishing. Telly Awards honor film and video productions, web commercials, and TV programs.

Churchnet has partnered with in several ways, including helping to underwrite the documentaries "Always ... Therefore: The Church's Challenge of Global Poverty" and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism" (which won the Best Documentary award at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville in 2008).

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