The annual Shurden Lectures travel to campuses across the country, bringing a speaker to engage with the community and inspire students to stand up for religious freedom for all people.
Designed to enhance the ministry and programs of BJC, the Shurden Lectures are held at Mercer University in Georgia every three years and at another seminary, college or university in the intermediate years.
2019 Lecture Features
On March 27, 2019, Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins gave this presentation on the campus of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas.
Aidsand Wright-Riggins and Amanda Tyler on Race, religious liberty and reconciliation
2018, March 20-21
Lecturer: Charles C. Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute
Location: Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta
Follow Your Conscience and Raise Your Voice (Report from the Capital, March/April 2018)
Liberty of Conscience and the Future of American Democracy (Video)
Standing up for Justice and Freedom in an Age of Conflict and Division (Video)
From Battleground to Common Ground: A First Amendment Vision for Religious Liberty in Public Life (Video)
Charles Haynes previews the 2018 Shurden Lectures (Podcast)
2017, March 27-28
Lecturer: Holly Hollman, general counsel and associate executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee
Location: Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina