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April 2013     Vol. 2 No. 3   

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


A New Book from the
Baptist History & Heritage Society

An Experiment in
A History of the
European Baptist
Theological Seminary

by Carol Woodfin

"The experiment in Christian internationalism began in 1948 when Southern Baptists announced they would found a seminary to train ministers to serve in a Europe ravaged by World War II.

Many received the news skeptically, but the seminary soon gained the respect of European Baptists. Graduates have now served in more than sixty countries. The story unfolds against the backdrop of European post-war recovery, the rise and fall of communism, and greater Baptist interaction in Europe. The seminary has faced financial crises, a move from Switzerland to the Czech Republic, theological controversies, and changing needs of theological education, while continuing to serve as a unique academic center and community for European and world Baptists."

This 448 page volume is now available from the Baptist History & Heritage Society. For USA orders, the volume is $45, including shipping. International orders incur additional shipping charges. Discounts are available for bulk orders.

Order your copy today!


Religion and the American Civil War, Emancipation and
Reconciliation in our Time

Richmond, Virginia
May 20-22, 2013


Register for the conference in April and receive a discounted rate!


The annual meeting of the Baptist History & Heritage Society is shaping us as the largest and most significant conference the Society has ever put together. In conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies, we are exploring the theme of "Faith, Freedom and Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation in Our Time",
Hosted by the University of Richmond

The Fall of Richmond, Harpers Weekly, April 1865

and Virginia Union University and timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War the conference explores the role of religion during the war for freedom and the 150 years that have followed. Renowned Civil War historians Harry S. Stout (Yale Divinity School) and Edward L. Ayers (University of Richmond) are headlining the conference. Black and white Baptist and other religious leaders from Richmond and Washington, D.C. will be making presentations on Racial Reconciliation. The program includes tours of Civil Rights museums and special lunch and dinner events. Pre-conference events include tours of Civil War battlefields and special Sunday programs in churches throughout Richmond. Read Fred Anderson's excellent article about our program in the Virginia Baptist Religious Herald.

If you attend only one religious history conference in 2013, this is the one you don't want to miss! Click here to view the conference program and to register.

Notes About Society Members and Supporters
March Gifts: The BH&HS express gratitude for recent gifts from: Del Allen (OK), James L. Baumgardner (TN), Virginia Connally (TX), Edward R. Crowther (CO), Dallas Baptist University (TX), Robert G. Gardner (GA), Les Hill (KY), Jerry Hopkins (TX), Lester W. Levi (TN), Bill Malone (OK), Tony Mattia (KS), Joanne Picket (LA), Pleasant View Baptist Church (VA), Charles Scalise (WA), and Bill D. Whittaker (KY).

Society Members in the News: Bill Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Church History at Wake Forest University, is serving as a guest lecture for a summer Big Sky Immersion seminar hosted by Yellowstone Theological Institute and to be held in Bozeman, Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

Upcoming Society & Partner Happenings
Society Director's Notes:
  • John Ragosta, historian and lawyer and our Society's keynote speaker for our 2010 conference at Dallas Baptist University, has published a new book: Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed. Published by the University of Virginia Press, it is available on Amazon.
  • The 30th anniversary of BH&HS partner Baptists Today is this year. Bruce has written the Baptists Today 30th history volume, to be unveiled April 25th at a special anniversary celebration hosted by the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Georgia. More information.
  • Registration is now open for the 2013 annual BH&HS conference in Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22.
  • 28 paper presentations focused on topics of religion and Civil War, Emancipation and racial reconciliation are slated for the BH&HS annual conference.
  • The Spring 2013 Baptist History & Heritage Journal will be postal mailed the last week of April.

Baptist Studies Bulletin: Would you like to contribute to a future edition of the Baptist Studies Bulletin? Contact Bruce for more information.

Your Donation Helps Ensure Baptists' Future
The freedom traditions of our Baptist faith are important to the future of our nation and world. A financial investment in the work of the Baptist History & Heritage Society is an investment in the future or your children and grandchildren. .
What is the future of Christianity in America? How can Baptists contribute to a growing conversation about the un-churching of America? The Baptist History & Heritage Society helps equip Baptists to examine and understand the dynamics of the Baptist faith and attendant implications for our world at large. Our resources help Baptists learn, value and teach Baptist heritage and identity. But we cannot do this important work and ministry alone. We need your help. Please consider supporting the Baptist History & Heritage Society.

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