Midweek Message

Update, April 7, 2021 (Wednesday after Easter)

Jim Hopkins

April 5, 2021

Two opportunities from LABC mission partners:

Register for the 2021 Shurden Lectures — Religious Liberty Has Been White Too Long: Voices of Black Scholars. Learn from four experts on religious freedom as they examine the ways that white supremacy has impeded our understanding and protection of faith freedom for all.

On April 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Central, we will hear from Dr. Nicole Myers Turner of Yale University, Dr. David Goatley of Duke University Divinity School, Dr. Teresa Smallwood of Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Dr. Anthony Pinn of Rice University. They will share individual presentations and be in conversation with BJC Director of Education Charles Watson Jr.

This event is free and open to all — don’t miss it! If you want to organize a group or class to watch the lectures and need more information, reply to this email or contact us at bjc@BJConline.org.

Meet the four lecturers:
 Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood
 Associate Director of the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Dr. Smallwood earned a law degree, and her Ph.D. concentration in Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences informs her multivalent methodological approach to racial justice.
 Dr. David Goatley
 Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Goatley is a globally recognized missiologist and constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of missiology, Black Theology and leadership strategy. 
 Dr. Nicole Myers Turner
 Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, Dr. Turner is the author of Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Post-Emancipation Virginia, which narrates the transformation in Black religious political strategies that occurred from 1865 to 1890.
 Dr. Anthony Pinn
 Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University and Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, Dr. Pinn’s research interests include religion and culture, Black religious thought, humanism and hip hop culture.
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This program is for the 2021 Walter B. and Kay W. Shurden Lectures on Religious Liberty and Separation of Church and State. In 2004, Dr. Walter B. Shurden and Dr. Kay W. Shurden of Macon, Georgia, made a gift to BJC to establish an annual lectureship on the issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.The lecturers may be academicians, politicians, ministers, church historians, ethicists or activists. Above all, the Shurden Lecturers are people who can inspire and call others to an ardent commitment to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.
Together, we voice our values for faith freedom for all.

How Then Shall We Live?

Register Now 

After a year of particularly acute trauma and loss, we are reminded of the importance of gathering, dreaming big, deepening our discipleship towards justice, and reaffirming our desire for an emancipatory future for all.

The 100% online 2021 Annual Gathering will be a unique experience in the life of the Alliance of Baptists — one where we affirm our new covenant and hold space for community in the midst of a pandemic and white supremacy. At the 2021 gathering, you will:

  • Be inspired by powerhouse keynote speakers Aurelia Dâvila PrattRobert P. Jones and Naomi Washington-Leapheart
  • Discover how to deepen your commitment to ongoing antiracist work
  • Find space with fellow Alliance members — for lament, praise, conversation, seeing old friends and making new ones, and more
  • Be equipped with new skills that you can use in your ministry settings

This event will be fully online, with some content available in advance. We are busy brainstorming ways to take creative advantage of the flexibility of an online conference, while staying true to the spirit of Alliance gatherings past.

Join us April 23rd and 24th as we celebrate and affirm a new era in the life of the Alliance of Baptists

Today on LABC Zoom – Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study 10:30 am, LABC Reopening Task Force 7:00 pm