October 30, 2017

Tyler Talks on Religious Liberty

Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, traveled to mid-Missouri to talk about religious liberty. I've long appreciated the work of the BJC as they uphold the historic Baptist tradition of religious liberty for all. Although I've been to the BJC offices in Washington, D.C., and have worked with several of the staff on projects, I had not yet met Tyler, who started in January. I was impressed with her presentations.

On Sunday, I went to First Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., to hear Tyler talk twice. First, she led a session during the Sunday School hour on "Politics in the Pulpit," particularly focusing on the BJC's efforts to defend the so-called "Johnson Amendment" that keeps houses of worship nonpartisan. Second, she preached on "Loving and Knowing Our Neighbors," which included highlights of the BJC's interfaith work.



On Monday, Churchnet (where I serve as Associate Director) hosted a breakfast at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo., for people to come hear from Tyler about the importance of religious liberty, the work of the BJC, and some current church-state issues. We had people from across the state and from different denominations come for the event.

After the breakfast event, I interviewed Tyler for the Q&A feature in the December issue of Word&Way (where I serve as Editor & President), and that issue will also include an article about her other talks. I'm glad to be able to help share some stories of the good work of the BJC in advocating religious liberty for all.


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