Baptist Joint Committee presents:
Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty

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On Nov. 12-13, 2015, Judge Wendell Griffen delivered the Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Over the course of two days, he examined the interplay of religious liberty and equal protection as well as issues of pastoral leadership and congregational discipleship. Griffen also discussed current issues with Fuller students over lunch and participated in a Q&A session with BJC Executive Director Brent Walker at First Baptist Church Pasadena.

This year’s event was the first of a series of lectures designed to increase the demographic reach of the BJC. Each series will be on a different campus, bringing religious liberty discussions and the BJC to diverse communities.

Click here to listen to a podcast featuring Judge Griffen and BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr.

Click here to read a recap of the event.


Lecture #1: Religious Freedom, Equal Protection, and the Ethos of Jesus: Circle, Collision, or Co-Existence?
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015


Lecture #2: What’s Love Got to Do With It? Confronting Ethical and Discipleship Issues in the 21st Century
Friday, Nov. 13, 2015


Photos from the event

The lecturer

Judge Wendell Griffen delivered the Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty. Griffen 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. He frequently lectures and writes about legal ethics and professionalism, religion and social justice, and public policy.

Griffen grew up in Arkansas and attended racially segregated public schools. He earned a political science degree from the University of Arkansas in 1973 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1979. Between college and law school, he served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

After law school, Griffen represented clients in business and tort litigation for 15 years and served as Chairman of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission after being appointed to that post by Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.

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