Upcoming Baptist Identity Conferences at Union University

I wanted to inform you of two more upcoming conferences that will help us think more clearly as Southern Baptists continue to wrestle with issues of identity and cooperation. Union University is hosting two conferences this academic year that will address issues related to Baptist identity. The first is a one day symposium on October 16 called "Baptists in America: Baptist Way or Baptist Ways?” The speakers will be Greg Wills, professor of church history at Southern Seminary, and Bill Leonard, dean and professor of church history at the Wake Forest University Divinity School. The cost of the event is $5.00, which covers lunch.

The second conference is slated for February 15-17, 2007. The conference, called “Convention, Cooperation and Controversy,” is a follow-up to Union's 2004 conference on Baptist Identity [you can find the audio from the 2004 conference here]. The speakers at the 2007 conference will include Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School; Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.; Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Russell Moore, senior vice president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources; Ed Stetzer, missiologist and research team director at the North American Mission Board; and Mike Day, director of missions for the Mid-South Baptist Association in Memphis, Tenn., as well as Union University President David S. Dockery and Thornbury.

Union will also host conferences this year on the topics of “Evangelicals and Global Warming: A Formal Debate” and “One Bible, One Gospel: Exploring the Unity of Scripture.” For more information about all of Union's 2006-2007 conferences, read the news release here.  

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