Thursday, 14 February 2013 14:59

Prof honored by ABCUSA

American Baptist Home Mission Societies has announced American Baptist clergy and lay leaders who will receive awards for significant faith-based work. Recipients were selected by the ABHMS board of directors from nominations submitted by clergy and laypersons across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Published in People
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 09:21

Baptist deaths in 2012

Baptist journalists, pioneers in racial reconciliation and beloved leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship were among deaths reported by ABPnews in 2012.

Published in People

WASHINGTON— High school juniors and seniors can win up to $2,000 for college in the 2013 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee. Essays must examine religious diversity in America and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.”

For the 8th annual contest, the scholarship money doubled for the top two prizes. Grand prize is $2,000 and airfare and lodging for two to Washington, D.C. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $250.

High school students in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 can enter by writing an essay addressing the following topic:

The United States of America was religiously diverse at its founding. Its population included numerous Protestant groups, small Catholic and Jewish populations, those who practiced traditional Native American religions as well as those who practiced African religions. The United States has become even more religiously diverse, yet Christianity has remained the majority faith tradition since the country’s beginnings. Today, some Americans assert that the country was founded as a “Christian nation” while others contend that statement is a myth. Using the Constitution and writings of the Founders, research and evaluate the claim that the United States was founded as a “Christian nation.” Include a discussion of the current implications for religious freedom for all people in a democratic country in which the majority rules in elections and ballot initiatives.

Essays must be between 800-1,200 words, and they must be mailed – along with registration forms – and postmarked by March 1, 2013, to be eligible. Contest forms and details are available online at

Winners will be announced in the summer of 2013, and the grand prize winner will be recognized at the BJC board meeting in Washington, D.C., in October 2013.

Essays will be judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support their position.

Visit for complete contest rules. If you have questions, contact Cherilyn Crowe at 202-544-4226 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Baptist Joint Committee is a 76-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization that works to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, bringing a uniquely Baptist witness to the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

Published in Baptist News Wire

“What will become of our commitment to religious liberty now?” historian Bill Leonard asks Baptists about the loss of Protestant privilege in American life.

Published in History
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:01

Texas CLC honors state senator

Sen. Wendy Davis authored bills seeking to regulate payday and auto title lending in the Lone Star State.

Published in Politics

Rankings Part of’s “Top 50 Best MBA Programs” List 

Published in Baptist News Wire

When two of his songs were nominated for the same 2012 Dove Award songwriting category, GWU Alumnus Carl Cartee joked that with twice the odds of winning would come twice the disappointment if he lost. As it turns out, he had no reason to worry. 

Published in Baptist News Wire