Religious Liberty Council Luncheon

The 2017 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon will be held Friday, June 30, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our speaker will be Rabbi David Saperstein, who most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. 

The luncheon is open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend. Ticket information and details will be released at a later date. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly.


The 2016 RLC Luncheon was in Greensboro, North Carolina, on June 24. The Rev. J. Brent Walker, who retired as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee at the end of 2016, was the keynote speaker. 

This annual event is the meeting of the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee and is held during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly. Read a recap on the CBF blog.

2017 Luncheon Speaker

Rabbi David Saperstein in 2015Rabbi David Saperstein served as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from December 2014 until January 2017. In that role, he headed the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and monitored religious freedom abuses around the world.

Before taking that role, Rabbi Saperstein represented the Reform Jewish Movement to Congress and the Administration as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) for 40 years. He was elected the first Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in 1999, and in 2009, he was appointed by President Obama as a member of the first White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Video tribute to Brent Walker
from the 2016 RLC Luncheon

RLC Luncheon

Since 1991, the Religious Liberty Council Luncheon has brought together friends and supporters of religious liberty and the Baptist Joint Committee for a time of fellowship and updates on the latest news out of Washington.

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