2015 Annual Conference Breakout Sessions: Nashville

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All breakout sessions are Tuesday morning, April 21.

8:30-10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

A. National Baptists and Racial Justice

Moderator: Bonnie Oliver Brandon, Tennessee

“Church Within a Church: Sutton E. Griggs’s Imperium In Imperio and the Middle Way Within the National Baptist Convention” Adrian Greene, Wake Forest University

“Seeking Justice through Book Publishing and Novel Writing: The Literary and Journalistic Battles of Sutton Griggs.”
John Gruesser, Kean University

“Seeking Justice: Through the Eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer, The Church and the Bible”
Dorothy Nichols, Memphis, Tennessee

B. Perspectives on Racial Justice

Moderator: Gary Burton, Alabama

“Structural Solutions vs. the Spiritual Answer in Remedies of Social Justice: A Chasm Between or a Hinge of Hope”
Paige Chargois, Virginia

“Economic Wealth – Key Statistic of Racial Inequality”
Keith Noren, Alabama

“Religious Toleration and Jim Crow:  Baptist Challenges to Limits on Religious and Civil Liberty”
Laverne Young Smith, Liberty University

C. Concern for Justice in the Segregated South: Southern Baptist Women and Race, 1930-1970

Moderator: Bill Sumners, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

“Women’s ways of racial reconciliation: Fifty years of cooperation between the Woman’s Missionary Union of the SBC and the Woman’s Convention of the National Baptist Convention, 1904-1954”
T. Laine Scales, Baylor University

“Working towards Baptist Interracial Fellowship: The Friendships Southern Baptist Women Cultivated and the Limits They Faced in Improving Race Relations during the 1930s and 1940s”
Nicholas T. Pruitt, Baylor University

“‘A Christian Attitude toward Other Races’: Woman’s Missionary Union Publications on Race Relations, 1945-1965”
Melody Maxwell, Howard Payne University

D. Advocates for Social Justice

Moderator: Doug Weaver, Baylor University

“Baptists Seeking Justice: Walter Rauschenbusch’s Legacy”
Bill Pitts, Baylor University

“A Flea Against Injustice: The Social Christianity of Marian Wright Edelman”
Jerry Faught, Wiley College

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Significance of His Experience in the American South”
James Duane Bolin, Murray State University

E. Other Justice Issues

Moderator: John Finley, First Baptist Church Savannah, Georgia

“Southern Baptists and Abortion, 1970-1990”
Rebecca Wagner, University of Cambridge

“U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Religious Liberty: An Historical Overview”
Lloyd Harsch, New Orleand Baptist Theological Seminary

“Baptist Responses to the LGBTQ Rights Movement in America”
Mike Greer, Kentucky

F.  Racial Justice Movements in Southern Cities

Moderator: Aaron Weaver, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

“Racial Justice and Reconciliation in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky”
Amos Jones, Campbell University

“Cordy Tindale Vivian”
Wesley Carter, Campbellsville University

“Dr. Benjamin Elijah May’s Theology of Race Relations and Social Justice”
Warren Jones


10:15-11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions

G. Southern Baptists and Racial Justice

Moderator: Michael Dain, Wayland Baptist

“The Nashville Convention: Southern Baptists, Race and Social Justice in 1914”
Alyson Dickson, Vanderbilt University

“Mississippi Southern Baptist Ministers Who Challenged the Closed Society, 1955 – 1968”
Charles Dollar, Retired Historian

H. Southern Baptist Politicians and Social Justice

Moderator: Ruth Pitts, McLennan Community College

“Seeking Justice: The Ethical Education of Brooks Hays”
Stephen Stookey

Title to be Announced: Ben W. Hooper and Social Justice
Mel Hawkins, Carson Newman

I. Panel Discussion: Predatory Payday Lending

Moderator: Stephen Reeves, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

J. When History Speaks Aright: Discovering Civil Rights Research Opportunities in Nashville

Moderator: Taffey Hall, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives

“Civil Rights Collections at the Nashville Public Library”
Andrea Blackman, Manager, Special Collections, Nashville Public Library

“Documenting Religion and Civil Rights at Vanderbilt University: The Kelly Miller Smith Collection”
Kathleen Smith, Associate University Archivist, Vanderbilt University

“Papers and Other Resources”
Janet Walsh, Director, Avon Williams Campus Library, Tennessee State University; and President, African American Church Historians Network

K. Social Justice Movements and Legacies

Moderator: Richard V. Pierard, Professor Emeritus, Indiana State University, Hendersonville, NC

“Baptists and Social Activism: The Sanctuary Movement as a Baptist Event”
Michael Woolf, ThD Student, Harvard University

“New England Baptists, Atonement, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards”
Daniel Cooley, Adjunct Instructor, Trinity International University

“George Younger, Civil Rights Leader of the ABCNJ”
George Hancock-Stepfan, Palmer Theological Seminary