Tuesday, May 16, 2017
7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Religious Liberty was secured in part by Virginia Baptists of the 18th century who suffered for their faith and struggled to have religious liberty placed into the United States Constitution as its First Amendment. Religious Liberty must be safeguarded.

Religious Liberty and the role played by Virginia Baptists past and present is the emphasis of the annual meeting of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. Amanda Tyler, the new executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty headquartered in Washington DC, will be the featured speaker.

Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, will share “A Rusty Piece of Iron: The Lock & Key” and tell the story of the struggle in the Virginia for religious liberty in the 1700s. The surviving Virginia Baptist churches from the 18th century will be recognized.

At the program Fred Anderson also will be recognized upon his retirement after 38 years and the transition in leadership will occur as the new executive director, Nathan L. Taylor, is installed. Bob Gallagher will perform several selections on our recently refurbished Möller organ.

The program is free and open to the public.