The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies uses two purposes in our focus on Baptist heritage: “Remembering the Past. . .Imagining the Future.” These two purposes help us focus on the importance of our heritage while always holding onto the legacy we will leave for future Baptists. In the essay contest theme for 2015 we consider why and how Baptists of different groups, backgrounds, persuasions can be reconciled. Following the American Civil War the Baptists of the South and of the North reached out to one another in finding ways in which after the great conflict and division they might be reconciled as Christian brothers and sisters. Baptists are many and they are of diverse backgrounds. Why and how can they be reconciled enough "to form a more perfect union"?