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October 2012 / Vol. 1 No. 2   

Baptist History &
Heritage Society
Partner Digest
A Brief Monthly Compilation of Society News

Working Together to Communicate Baptist Heritage and Strengthen Baptist Identity


The BH&HS partners with Baptist organizations & individuals to provide resources,
host conferences and lead seminars for the academy and local congregations.


New and Notable from the Baptist History & Heritage Society


October is Baptist History
and Heritage Month
for Congregations

From the timeless narratives of the well-known heroes of our faith to the stories of members past and present within your own congregation, Baptist History & Heritage Month is an opportunity for you and your church to be challenged and strengthened in the faith (Acts 16:5). Whether in a Sunday School class, Bible study setting, discussion group, or from the pulpit, the BH&HS encourages you to incorporate the Baptist story into the life of your church in the month of October.

Click here for free resources for the celebration of Baptist History & Heritage Month.


A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making
An Online Series from the BH&HS


The 2012 United States
Presidential Election
is at Hand

What role has religion played in
American politics of the
past 80 years?


"A fascinating overview of the evolution
in public understanding of the
divine in America."


The "A New American God" series by Bruce Gourley is available
online in the Baptist Studies Bulletin, organized into
chronological parts. Choose from:

Part 1 -- 1930s to early 1950s (Depression, WWII, Neo-Evangelism)
Part 2 -- The 1950s ("Under God" in America)
Part 3 -- Early 1960s (Supreme Court decisions, Anti-communism)
Part 4 -- The 1960s (Racial, cultural and social tensions)
Part 5 -- The 1970s (Conflict in culture, society, and denominations)
Part 6 -- The 1980s (Ascendancy of the modern Christian Right)
Part 7 -- The 1990s (The Christian Right and political might)
Part 8 -- The 2000s (The Christian Right and George W. Bush)
Read the conclusion of this series in the upcoming October 2012 edition of the Baptist Studies Bulletin.

Notes About Society Members and Supporters
Recent Gifts: The BH&HS is grateful for recent gifts from Del Allen (OK), Carolyn Blevins (TN), James Baumgardner (TN), CBF of Oklahoma, David Cook (GA), Warren Fields (GA), Sue Fitzgerald (NC), Robert Kinser (NC), Lawrence Martin (FL), Edward McMillan (MS), Dorothy Pryor (GA), Bud Strawn (FL), Hugh Wease (NC) and Doug Weaver (TX).

Membership Renewals: We are thankful to all who have renewed their membership already this fall. If you have not done so yet, membership renewals can be done online.

Upcoming Society & Partner Happenings
Society Director's Notes:
  • For professors whose fall course offerings intersect the American Civil War, a number of upcoming journal entries in the Baptists and American Civil War online project will focus on Northern Baptist responses to Abraham Lincoln's September 22, 1862 Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
  • On November 5 at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia's Fall General Assembly at First Baptist Church of Griffin, Georgia, Bruce Gourley will be leading a seminar on "Baptists and Presidential Elections: George Washington to Barack Obama." More information.
  • Videos from the 2012 BH&HS conference on "Baptists and Theology" are now available as a YouTube Video Channel.
  • Paper proposals for the 2013 BH&HS Conference (see below) are due by December 19. (Paper proposal submission information)

Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture Conference, October 12-13, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Click here for more information and to register.

Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War,
Emancipation and Reconciliation in our Time
, BH&HS annual conference, May 20-22, 2013, University of Richmond and Virginia Union University. Co-sponsored with the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies. Featured Speakers are Harry S. Stout (Yale Divinity School), Edward L. Ayers (Univ. of Richmond), and Andrew M. Manis (Macon State). Conference information and registration.

Your Donation Helps Ensure Baptists' Future
[My] hope is that we will find ways of teaching and honoring our history and heritage. Our traditional Baptist values — honoring freedom, standing up for the cause of religious liberty, and benefiting from diversity of opinion, among others — are not only relevant in today’s world, they are necessary.(Stephanie McLeskey, Chaplain, Mars Hill College, in the September /October 2012 issue of the newsletter of CBF North Carolina, a BH&HS partner)
In our 21st century post-denominational world, Baptist heritage and identity is more important than ever. Some historians argue that the Baptist name may largely disappear from church signs in America within a generation. The Baptist name may well be in jeopardy, but Baptist ideals and identity must survive and thrive if our future world is to honor freedom of conscience, volunteer faith, religious liberty, and church state separation. The Baptist History & Heritage Society is leading the way in communicating the story of Baptists and strengthening Baptist identity, but we need your help in fulfilling this important task now and in the years to come.

The BH&HS cannot fulfill its mission without donations from Baptists like you. Your donations are tax-deductible. Send your check to BH&HS, 151 Broadleaf Drive, Macon, GA, 31210 or donate online.

Contact Information
  • Bruce Gourley, Executive Director: email or 406-599-1754
  • Jackie Riley, Office Manager: email or 406-600-7433
  • Delane Tew, President: email
  • Bill Pitts, Vice-President: email
  • Bonnie Oliver-Brandon, Secretary: email
  • Postal Mail: 151 Broadleaf Drive, Macon, GA, 31210

Baptist History & Heritage Society Officers