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.
2018 Shurden Lectures
Macon and Atlanta, Georgia
Lecturer: Dr. Charles C. Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center
11.a.m., Tuesday, March 20: Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia
10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21: Mercer University campus in Macon, Georgia
3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21: Mercer University Law School in Macon, Georgia
The annual Shurden Lectures return to Macon and Atlanta Georgia this March, with Dr. Charles C. Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center as lecturer. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
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.