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Shurden Lectures

Date Monday, April 4 - April 5, 2016
RegistrationAll events are free and open to the public but registration is required for those wanting a free box lunch on April 5. Register

Event Description

History of the Shurden Lectures

In 2004, Dr. Walter B. Shurden and Dr. Kay W. Shurden of Macon, Georgia, made a gift to the BJC to establish an annual lectureship on the issues of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

The lecturers, selected by the executive director of the BJC, may be academics, politicians, ministers, church historians, ethicists or activists. Above all, the Shurden Lecturer is someone who can inspire and call others to an ardent commitment to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.

Designed to enhance the ministry and programs of the Baptist Joint Committee, the lectures are held at Mercer University every three years and at another seminary, college or university the other years.

Lecturer Dr. Molly Marshall

Dr. Molly T. Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas will deliver the 2016 Shurden Lectures. Marshall has been in theological education for more than 30 years. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, she earned her Master of Divinity and Ph.D. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has vast and varied experience in ministry, and she has written monographs, numerous book chapters, journal articles and Bible study curricula.

Chapel Speaker Brent Walker

J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, is both a member of the Supreme Court Bar and an ordained minister. He leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. Published widely, Walker routinely speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings and provides commentary on church-state issues in the national media.


Monday, April 4 | 10:15 a.m. | Benson Great Hall
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker speaks at Bethel’s chapel service

Monday, April 4 | 4 p.m. | CC313
Lecture #1: Understanding Religious Liberty amidst Religious Pluralism
Reception to follow in CC Lounge

Tuesday, April 5 | Noon | Seminary Lower Campus Center
Lecture #2: Preserving Religious Liberty for a Christian Minority
Box lunch meal provided for those registered

Find all information about this event and speakers from Baptist Joint Committee.


Contact Charles Watson Jr. at cwatson@BJConline.org


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