Baptist Joint Committee Executive Director to Visit Baylor, Speak About Religious Liberty for All
by Jessie Jilovec, student newswriter
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2018) – Amanda Tyler, J.D., executive director for the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC), will present “Unity in our Differences: How Commitment to Religious Liberty for All Can Provide a Way Forward” at Baylor University’s G. Hugh and Beverly C. Wamble Fall Symposium.
The symposium will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Miller Chapel in Tidwell Bible Building, 600 Speight Ave. Doug Weaver, Ph.D., director of undergraduate studies and professor of Baptist studies, said Tyler’s lecture will bring expertise on topics pertaining to the church and state.
“Religious liberty is in the news seemingly more now than ever, and Supreme Court cases coming up this year will deal with the topic,” Weaver said. “Tyler is an expert on issues of church and state, working in Washington, D.C., at one of the strongest organizations around that attempts to protect religious freedom and church-state separation.”
The goal of BJC is to uphold the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.
Tyler is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Before working for BJC, Tyler served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Recently, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders by The NonProfit Times.
The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies was established at Baylor in 1957 in honor of G. Hugh Wamble, a distinguished author, advocate for religious liberty and separation of church and state and Baylor alumnus. The institute is dedicated to research of religion, politics and society and is committed to separation of the church and state and advancement of religious liberty around the world.
The lecture is hosted by Baylor’s J.M. Dawson Institute for Church-State Studies and department of religion. It is open to the public. For more information, visit the church-state studies website or contact Doug Weaver at 254-710-7283 or Doug_Weaver@baylor.edu.
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