President Jimmy Carter and my fellow Photojournalists have something in common

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I was blessed today to see in person former President Jimmy Carter teach Sunday School at his hometown church Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, GA.

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To get this opportunity I realized last week when he announced his diagnosis with cancer that I had put off hearing him teach for too long. I immediately went to the church’s website to see when he was teaching. Here is where you go to see when he is teaching http://www.mbcplains.org/.

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I was there when every network was there covering the lesson. You can here some of the sound bites from today’s lesson here.

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 After the service my wife and I had our photo taken with the Carters.

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The Atlanta Journal & Constitution sent Ben Gray to cover the event. I was enjoying watching my colleagues work while I was just taking it easy being a spectator.

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Here is the Associated Press photographer David Goldman acknowledging he is on the other side of the lens for once.

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Here Ben Gray is taking a photo of the caption information and being sure it is with the photo for later when he is sending this back to the office for publication. In the background is David Goldman talking to a subject he just finished interviewing.

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I ran into Ben Gray later downtown where he was filing photos from outside the store while his family is inside shopping. He brought his family to enjoy the historical moment with him.

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You could see the media taking places where they could find them. Here another photographer is editing and filing under tree in front of Maranatha Baptist Church.

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Just the day before I hosted the Christians in Photojournalism group at my church in Roswell. Here is Patrick Murphy-Racey, a Sony Artisan, giving us the inside scoop on Sony’s latest cameras.

In the past Ben Gray has been the keynote speaker. Other times we have had other journalists speak. It is important for photojournalists to know their colleagues. We try to help each other when and where we can, but we still must also work hard to get the angle others are missing.

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Here David Stembridge is sharing some of his work to the group during our 5-minute shows. This is where anyone can show their work to the group in just 5-minutes.

You see photojournalists care deeply. They care for their subjects and they care for the public. We care that we are informed about our fellow man.

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Just like President Jimmy Carter was a statesman he was also a Sunday School Teacher. Today was lesson 698 in Plains, GA. Here is photojournalist Patrick Murphy-Racey who is also a Catholic Deacon blending the technical aspects of photography with his faith.

Patrick said “They say you can never step into the same stream of water, because the water is constantly moving. This is why I must stay abreast of technology, because when I step on the floor each morning from my bed just like the stream I cannot expect it to be the same as yesterday.”

Today President Carter boiled down the responsibilities of the Christian as simply as “loving the Lord your God with all your heart and to also love the person in front of you, not matter friend or enemy.”

He talked today about dealing with conflict. He said “in real estate it is all about location, location, location. In conflict resolution it is all about communication, communication, communication.”

While President Jimmy Carter saw his calling as through public service by holding public office photojournalists see our calling as the role of the communicator. We are helping make our world a better place to live through helping us see our conflicts and helping us see the solutions as well.

President Jimmy Carter and photojournalists believe in serving and the key for our effectiveness is in our ability to communicate.