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This annual event, held in conjunction with the general assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is the luncheon meeting of the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. The RLC is  an association of individuals that works to provide education about and advocacy for religious freedom and the separation of church and state and to ensure adequate funding for the BJC.

The 2013 Religious Liberty Council Luncheon was Friday, June 28, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C. The 2014 event will be in Atlanta, Ga. Visit for the latest information.

Past Luncheons

CBF Executive Coordinator calls crowd to religious liberty advocacy at luncheon
Speaker: Suzii Paynter
June 28, 2013
Greensboro, N.C.
Cilck here to see photos of the 2013 Luncheon.
Click here to watch a video of the entire 2013 luncheon.
Click here to download Paynter's keynote address (Word document), titled "Teacups, Tevye and the First Sixteen."

Leonard receives BJC award, stresses embracing Baptist history
Sepaker: Bill J. Leonard
June 22, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas
Click here to see photos of the event
Click here to watch a video of the 2012 luncheon
Click here to download the text of Leonard's presentation
as a Word document.

Dunn uplifts 'soul freedom' at BJC Luncheon
Speaker: James M. Dunn
June 24, 2011
Tampa, Fla.
Click here to see photos of the event
Click here to watch a video of the 2011 luncheon

BJC supporters warned of 'Christian nationalists,' honor Gardner C. Taylor
Speaker: Mercer University President William D. Underwood
June 25, 2010
Charlotte, N.C.
Watch the luncheon video online
Watch the keynote address online
Download a Word document of the keynote address

Congressman says religious liberty demands vigilance
Speaker: Rep. Chet Edwards
July 3, 2009
Houston, TX

Defending minorities very Baptist, Wright-Riggins tells BJC banquet
Speaker: Aidsand Wright-Riggins
June 20, 2008
Memphis, Tenn.

In Search of America's Baptists
Speaker: Randall Balmer
June 29, 2007
Washington, D.C.

A Flaming Torch
Speaker: Walter B. Shurden
June 23, 2006
Atlanta, Ga.

Uncivil Religion
Speaker: Charles Foster Johnson
July 1, 2005
Grapevine, Texas

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