The Baptist Joint Committee takes church-state experts to college, university and seminary campuses across the country to engage students and communities with religious liberty issues. Visit the links below to learn more about our annual Shurden Lectures and other BJC lecture events.
2017 Shurden Lectures, March 27-28
BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman will deliver the 2017 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State. The 12th installment of the annual series will be held March 27-28 at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
Since joining the Baptist Joint Committee in 2001, Hollman has prepared friend-of-the court briefs, issue briefings for congressional staff and presentations for research institutions and religious groups. She consults regularly with churches, individuals and organizations about religious liberty issues as well as the national media. A member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Hollman also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she co-teaches the Church-State Law Seminar.
In 2004, Dr. Walter B. Shurden and Dr. Kay W. Shurden of Macon, Georgia, made a gift to the BJC to establish an annual lectureship on the issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
The lecturers, selected by the executive director of the BJC, may be academicians, politicians, ministers, church historians, ethicists or activists. Above all, the Shurden Lecturer is someone who can inspire and call others to an ardent commitment to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.
In the fall of 2015, the Baptist Joint Committee sponsored a new lecture event with a focus on social justice. On Nov. 12-13, Judge Wendell Griffen gave two presentations on the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
At the Fuller event, Griffen examined the interplay of religious liberty and equal protection as well as issues of pastoral leadership and congregational discipleship. He is pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Arkansas; CEO and owner of Griffen Strategic Consulting, PLLC; and Circuit Judge for the 6th Judicial District of Arkansas, 5th Division.
Videos of the lectures are now available online.
Religious Liberty and the Black Church: A Baptist Joint Committee Symposium
On Nov. 10, 2016, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock headlined a lecture and panel discussion in Washington, D.C., focusing on religious liberty and the black church. The event took place speak on the campus of Howard University Divinity School and Law School.
2016 Shurden Lectures with
Dr. Molly T. Marshall
Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty with Judge Wendell Griffen