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Perhaps its most important work, the BJC is involved in ongoing education efforts through developing resources and by leading education programs on Capitol Hill and for organizations and churches across the nation.

The BJC's resources include printed material such as issue background sheets, a monthly newsletter and Internet resources such as a website and continually updated blog. The monthly newsletter, Report from the Capital, provides a helpful look at news and opinions on the church-state front. The magazine includes analysis by executive director J. Brent Walker and general counsel K. Hollyn Hollman, as well as news summaries. The BJC provides information regularly about specific religious liberty issues, including one-page issue summaries and advocacy guides.

The BJC's website is located at , and the blog can be found at We also have a mobile site ( and we are on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo. The website offers descriptions of important church-state issues, links to the social networking tools and also access to the various resources and publications for easy download.  In addition to the printed and web resources, the BJC also leads educational programs on Capitol Hill (for congressional staffs, other organizations and think tanks) and in churches (including preaching sermons and teaching Sunday school). The BJC also serves as a resource when pastors or other civic leaders have particular church-state questions.

The BJC encourages academic study of religious liberty and church-state relations and has collected the course syllabi from related courses from colleges and seminaries across the nation. Not only that, the BJC sponsors an annual essay contest for high school students, a thriving year-round intern program and religious liberty awards recognizing individuals who make extraordinary contributions to promoting religious liberty. 

If you would like more information about the educational programs offered by the Baptist Joint Committee, please contact Charles Watson Jr., the BJC's Education and Outreach Specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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