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 Program Announcement

Religious Liberty is the emphasis of the 2017 Annual Meeting and Public Program of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16 at River Road Church, Baptist which is located at 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Amanda Tyler, the new executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a church-state watchdog and educational organization headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, will share about the historical role of Virginia Baptists in helping to secure religious liberty for all Americans to enjoy.

NEW PUBLICATION on Inter-faith relationships...

The Heritage Center will release on May 16 a new publication entitled Keeping the Faith While Making Interfaith Relationships which was the result of the project for the 2016-17 Class of Heritage Fellows.  Each Fellow was asked to become grounded in Baptist distinctives as well as learning about other faiths.  They were asked to intentionally make a relationship, hopefully a new friendship, with a person on their college campus who was of another faith.  The book tells about their personal background as a Baptist and tells about their Interfaith relationship experience.  The new book can be ordered while supplies last for $10 + .50 tax + $1.50 for s&h = $12.


NEW PUBLICATION on Baptist women ministers

The Heritage Center has published Strength for the Journey:  Feminist Theology & Baptist Women Pastors by Judith Bledsoe Bailey.  Full information listed under NEWS


"In Search of the Heroic" by Andrew Gardner.  Intended for high school and college-age youth to use as a resource on Baptist history and heritage.  Order at $6 each or a bag of 10 for a youth group for $30 ($3 each).  Send orders to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173

 Ever been in a Baptist Student Union???  You would enjoy the new history of Virginia Baptist Campus Ministry written by Rachel Cook, a Heritage Fellow of the Heritage Center, and including numerous photographs of Baptist student work across the years.  To order a copy, send $6 to cover s&h and ask for the BCM history.  Send orders to the Center at the above address.

Established in 2000 following an agreement between the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the University of Richmond and the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies seeks to champion Baptist distinctives and Baptist heritage and to provide educational opportunities related to Baptist distinctives, history and heritage.

It accomplishes its mission in numerous ways, including the production of resources and publications, the offering of convocations and programs on special topics of interest, and the availability of a Heritage Fellows program for college students and an essay contest for high school students. The Center also publishes a family magazine, Heritage Seekers.

The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies is supported through contributions from interested individuals and other friends. Anyone interested in the ministry of the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies is encouraged to consider a gift. The Center was approved in late 1999 and began operations in 2000 as an organization equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Center serves as an educational medium to teach and transmit Baptist heritage. It champions Baptist distinctives and Baptist heritage by providing educational opportunities and resources and it explores concepts, topics and ideas of current interest to Baptists. Its tag line is “Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future.”

The Center has published numerous resources including a small book for teaching Baptist heritage in the local church, a DVD resource on the principle of Separation of Church and State as well as DVDs from its convocations on such topics as Christian Response to Diversity in Our Culture and on Peace-bearing. It published 12 issues of a magazine entitled Heritage Seekers which is designed to teach Baptist history and heritage to children and their families. The entire set of Heritage Seekers is available as a boxed resource.



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