The Religious Liberty Council Luncheon

This annual event, held in conjunction with the general assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is the luncheon meeting of the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. The RLC is  an association of individuals that works to provide education about and advocacy for religious freedom and the separation of church and state and to ensure adequate funding for the BJC.

The event is open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend.

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2017–Atlanta, Georgia
Speaker: Rabbi David Saperstein
Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
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2016–Greensboro, North Carolina
Speaker: Brent Walker
Retiring Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee
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–Dallas, Texas
Speaker: Marvin McMickle
President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
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2014 — Atlanta, Ga.
Speaker: Melissa Rogers
Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
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Speaker: Suzii Paynter
Executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
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Bill Leonard thumb for WordPress2012–Fort Worth, Texas
Speaker: Bill J. Leonard
James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist History at Wake Forest University School of Divinity
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CBF 10 Dunn podium2011–Tampa, Fla.
Speaker: James M. Dunn
Resident professor of Christianity and public policy at Wake Forest University School of Divinity
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Speaker: William D. Underwood
President and professor of law at Mercer University
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Speaker: Rep. Chet Edwards
United States congressman from Texas’ 17th District
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2008–Memphis, Tenn.
Speaker: Aidsand Wright-Riggins
Executive director of the American Baptist Churches USA’s National Ministries
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2007–Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Randall Balmer
Author and history professor at Columbia University
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Speaker: Walter B. Shurden
Director of the Center for Baptist Studies at Mercer University
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2005–Grapevine, Texas
Speaker: Charles Foster Johnson
Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas
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