The Buxton Initiative is an organization that brings together people of differing faiths and worldviews to build a stronger and more civil global community. We dispel stereotypes through candid dialogue and authentic friendship, which builds understanding and forges strong relationships and partnerships across communities.
In the aftermath of 9/11, tensions between Muslims and Christians reached an all-time high in the United States and throughout the world. During that time, two former ambassadors Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed (a Muslim) and Ambassador J. Douglas Holladay (a Christian) met for the first time at the National Press Club in Washington. Because both were in search of someone with whom to explore ways to address the growing suspicion in the wake of 9/11, the two made a mutual commitment to meet regularly to better understand one another’s faith and worldview.
Over the course of a few months, they engaged in frequent dialogue. No controversial issue or question was avoided. Their honest discussions led to deep mutual understanding, trust, and a lasting friendship. Soon they expanded the conversation to include other leaders from a variety of sectors, and the Buxton Initiative was born.
The Buxton Initiative’s Muslim/Christian staff and focus reflects the roots of the Initiative, the friendship of co-founders Dr. Akbar Ahmed and J. Douglas Holladay, but the work and mission of the Buxton Initiative is for all people—of faith or no faith. It is our hope that everyone will engage in this vitally important dialogue.
Dr. Akbar Ahmed and J. Douglas Holladay wrote about their experience creating the Buxton Initiative in a Washington Post op-ed.