BJC Podcast Archive

Below is a collection of BJC podcasts dating back to 2011. It include interviews with BJC staff and supporters, as well as speeches from events like the Shurden Lectures and Religious Liberty Council Luncheon. For the latest podcasts, visit our main podcasts page. You can also subscribe to our iTunes channel or our podcast RSS feed.


Beth Echols interviewed by BJC Communications Associate Jordan Edwards



BJC supporter Mark Wiggs

Former BJC board chair and Religious Liberty Council co-chair Mark Wiggs looks back on his history with the BJC, as well as his friendships with Brent Walker and James Dunn.


Beth Echols on working for the BJC in the 1960s

A passionate Baptist and religious liberty supporter, Echols found a home at the Baptist Joint Committee. She recalls fighting sexism, covering Congress and the brilliance of Dr. Emanuel Carlson


Hollman and Hawks on Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley

BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman and Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks break down the BJC’s friend-of-the-court brief in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley


Walker and Hawks on Zubik v. Burwell oral arguments

BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks recap the oral argument in Zubik v. Burwell and the atmosphere inside and outside of the Court


Hollman on Zubik v. Burwell

General Counsel Holly Hollman discusses the BJC’s friend-of-the-court brief in the case ahead of the March 23 oral arguments


Watson and Hawks on the 2016 essay contest

BJC Staff Counsel Jennifer Hawks joins Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr. talk about the topic for the 2016 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship


Don Byrd on the year in religious liberty

The BJC Blogger discusses the biggest church-state stories of 2015 and looks forward to 2016


Brent Walker on holiday displays

BJC Executive Director Brent Walker addresses the annual “December dilemma” that arises when holiday displays on government property create controversies and divide communities


Charles Watson Jr. and Judge Wendell Griffen

BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr. speaks with Judge Wendell Griffen following Griffen’s delivery of the Lectures on Social Justice and Religious Liberty at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California


Brent Walker remembers James M. Dunn

BJC Executive Director Brent Walker recalls the life and legacy of his predecessor, Dr. James M. Dunn. A lifelong advocate for religious liberty, Dunn passed away July 4, 2015, at the age of 83.


Obergefell v. Hodges decision

BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman discusses the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and how it affects churches.


BJC Blogger Don Byrd

Byrd talks about the origins of Blog from the Capital and navigating the church-state news landscape


Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr. explains the 2015 contest


Town of Greece v. Galloway

BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman and Staff Counsel Nan Futrell discuss the Supreme Court case preceding oral arguments in 2013.



Marvin A. McMickle delivering the keynote address at the 2015 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon


RLC Luncheon podcasts 

2015: Marvin A. McMickle

President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School


2014: Melissa Rogers

Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships


2013: Suzii Paynter

“Teacups, Tevye and the First Sixteen”


2012: Bill J. Leonard

“The Baptists: Distressed and Distressing Conscience”



Molly T. Marshall at the 2016 Shurden Lectures in St. Paul, Minnesota


Shurden Lectures podcasts

2016: Molly T. Marshall

Lecture 1: “Understanding Religious Liberty Amidst Religious Pluralism”

Lecture 2:  “Preserving Religious Liberty for a Christian Minority”

2015: Alan Brownstein

Lecture 1: “Engaging in Respectful Discourse about Religion and Equality”

Lecture 2:  “The Multi-Dimensional Nature of Church-State Controversies”

Lecture 3:
 “Liberty and Equality Values in the Hobby Lobby and Town of Greece Decisions”


2014: Michael I. Meyerson

Lecture 1: “The False Divide: Religious Support for Separation of Church and State”

Lecture 2:  “Freedom of Religion: The Framers’ Extraordinary Compromise”


2013: J. Brent Walker

Lecture 1: “First Principles: God-given, but Government Protected”

Lecture 2:  “First Freedoms: Accommodate Religion, but Don’t Advance It”

Lecture 3:
 “Religion and Politics: How Did We Do in 2012?”


2012: Frank Lambert

Lecture 1: “America Conceived as a Christian Nation?: The Separation of Good and Bad History”

Lecture 2:  “A Secular/Sacred Alliance in the Fight for Religious Liberty”

Lecture 3:
 “Constituting the Separation of Church and State”


2011: Melissa Rogers

Lecture 1: “Religious Expression in American Public Life”

Lecture 2: “An American and Christian Case for Defending Muslims’ Free Exercise Rights”

Lecture 3:
 “Faith-based Partnerships Under Presidents Bush and Obama”