Statue outside of city hall in Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia


Athens, a college town in northeast Georgia, is best known as home to the University of Georgia, where thousands of students of different backgrounds come together to study. In October and November 2018, the StoryCorps mobile recording studio visited Athens to record the stories of the people who live there. The American Pilgrimage Project draws from the stories recorded in Athens to explore the challenges and possibilities of interfaith collaboration today.

The interview below was recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Rev. Paul Baxley and Rabbi Eric Linder

October 17, 2018

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Rev. Paul Baxley, a Baptist pastor, and Rabbi Eric Linder were brought together by a shared commitment to interfaith work in Athens, Georgia, where they started an interreligious partnership in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. In this conversation, the friends and colleagues reflect on the challenges and possibilities of interfaith dialogue in a polarized society.

This story was produced by David Dault at Sandburg Media, LLC.

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