Celebrate 300 Years of Baptists
in Virginia - Save the Dates of
May 16 & May 17
In May 1714 English Baptists appointed a
"messenger" to Virginia and this man - Robert
Norden - planted the first Baptist church in
Virginia. For 300 years there has been a
continuous Baptist presence in Virginia.
The 300th anniversary of Virginia Baptists
will be observed in two special events:
An Evening of Remembrance &
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014
River Road Baptist Church
8000 River Road, Richmond, VA
A time for worship, a time for reflection, a
time for anticipation...
Featuring grand music of the faith in a
Heritage Festival: 300 Years!
10 - 4, Saturday, May 17, 2014
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA
Join Baptists from across Virginia as they
celebrate 300 Years of a Baptist presence.
Learn about the accomplishments, the
ministries, the missions of Virginia Baptists.
Enjoy the Festival in an English garden
setting with music, entertainments, exhibits
and special presentations. The Festival will
be a "Baptist family" event with something
for "children of all ages" - senior adults,
youth, children. Plenty of nearby parking.
Enjoy touring the campus which Baptists
built exactly 100 years ago and see the old
and the new buildings of Gothic design.
Enjoy lunch and snacks on-site in the
building built over the beautiful lake.
Organize a group to come to the Heritage
Heritage Fellows Applications
now being accepted
Applications are now open for college students - those who will be sophomores or juniors in the Fall of 2014 - to be considered as Heritage Fellows for 2014-15. Since 2003 22 Virginia Baptist collegiates have been appointed as Heritage Fellows, a program of the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies. The Fellows receive introduction to Baptist history and heritage as well as contemporary life among Baptists. They complete a special project which may be published by the Heritage Center. They receive a stipend of $3,000. For further details and an application see the Heritage Fellows tab on this website. Deadline for receiving applications and all supporting materials is March 15.
Essay Contest Winner Announced
Rachel Cook, a homeschooled student in Blacksburg, VA, was the first place winner in the Heritage Center's essay contest - Roots & Wings Young Scholars Essay Contest. The assigned topic for essay entries was on racial reconciliation and Rachel read her essay at a special program during the recent conference. She was awarded a cash prize and a plaque. It was the second year in which Miss Cook was a winner of the essay contest. The award-winning essay entitled "Ambassadors of Reconciliation" is included in the new publication, Powerful Preachers. To order see the Historical Society's side of this website and look under NEWS or OUR JOURNAL.
Modern Shapers Book Now Available
The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies has published Modern Shapers of Baptist Thought in America by William Powell Tuck. The Center commissioned the author to research and write an anaylsis of the individuals whom he felt had most shaped Baptist thought across the last century. He chose 24 individuals and has captured their life stories, indicates where they influenced Baptist theology, and offers an anaylsis of their legacy. The new book is 544 pages in length. The book is available through the Heritage Center. To order make check payable to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies and send to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Modern Shapers is available in paperback for $24 + 1.20 Va. sales tax + 4.80 s&h = $30 and in hardback for $45 + 2.25 Va. sales tax + 5.75 s&h = $53. Note: If tax exempt, please supply tax exempt number and reduce cost accordingly. If for a library or church, please state the name of the organization as well as the name of the individual placing the order.
Partnership Missions History
---Arms Reaching Around the World
by Ray Allen with Rolen Bailey
and the Heritage Fellows
Virginia Baptists are passionate about missions. By the late 20th century a new phenomenon developed which allowed for volunteer "partnership" missions. It offered the man and woman in the pews an opportunity to actively participate in missionary work. By the opening decade of the present century, thousands of Baptists had experienced some form of hands-on missions. It was time to pause and write a history of the Virginia Baptist story as it relates to the development of Partnership Missions. Ray Allen, the grandfather of partnership missions from his many travels to India, wrote the basic story which was supplemented with a history of partnership missions within the USA as written by Rolen Bailey and with an early written history of the work by the late Charles Bryan. The Heritage Center's Heritage Fellows were assigned a project of interviewing persons who had engaged in partnerships and their papers are included. Arms Reaching Around the World can be ordered for $21 plus $3 shipping and handling and sales tax from the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.
free indeed! project
commemorates 150th anniversary
The Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies at the University of Richmond have collaborated to produce the "free indeed!" project which is both organizations contribution to the 150th anniversary of emancipation.
"free indeed!" is a three-fold project:
1) It is an exhibit which tells the story of the relationships between blacks and whites especially within the Baptist churches of antebellum Virginia. It includes numerous original documents, old church records and artifacts. Individuals can visit the exhibit most weekdays at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's building on the campus of the University of Richmond. Groups including church groups must schedule a guided tour of the exhibit. The exhibit will be on view through March 2014. Hundreds of individuals and numerous church and civic groups have toured the exhibit.
2) It is a book which was written by Michael Whitt, special projects assistant for the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. It covers many aspects of slavery especially as related to life within the Baptist churches of Virginia. Also included are several period writings on the subject. The book is also entitled "free indeed!" and can be ordered for $15.75 plus $5 shipping and handling.
3) It is a name registry which includes upwards of 51,000 names of slaves, freedmen and white surnames which Michael Whitt pulled from the manuscript pages of over 200 antebellum church record books in the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's archives. The registry offers names as well as supporting information such as baptismal or death dates and names of slave owners. It is anticipated that the registry can benefit family and social historians. The registry is available at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's library by research appointment.
For further information and to schedule group tours and research visits or to order books, please contact the Virginia Baptist Historical Society at (804)289-8434 or by mail at VBHS, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173. To schedule a group tour ask for Elsie Richards. To schedule a research appointment ask for Darlene Slater Herod.
Disaster Relief Stories and History of Baptist Men's Ministry & Camps
The Heritage Center has published the memoir of Lloyd Jackson, long-time leader of Baptist Men's ministry, camping and Disaster Relief Response for Virginia Baptists. He has captured the history and the drama in his book entitled Reflections of a Journey. Copies of the 200-page book can be ordered for $17 plus $3 for s & h. Send your check to the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.
Peace-bearing Convocation DVD Resource Now Available
"Peace-bearers: Embracing Peace within Self, Church, Community & Beyond" is the title of a new DVD resource released from the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies. The DVD includes three disks of video footage from the Peace-bearers Convocation held by the Heritage Center earlier this year. Among the key presenters in the convocation were Isam E. Ballenger, missions educator; Karen O'Dell Bullock who teaches Christian history at the B.H. Carroll lnstitute in Texas; Ken Kessler of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board; David Brubaker who is a professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University; LeDayne McLeese Polaski of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America; and Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics.
Copies of the DVD resource on Peace-bearers is available for $49 including shipping and handling from the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.
Peace-bearers Booklet Available
The Heritage Center has published a booklet entitled Peace-bearers: Church, Community & Beyond. It contains an essay on the meaning of peace written by Dr. Isam E. Ballenger and biographical sketches on five Virginia Baptists who have exemplified peace-bearing in their lives and ministry. The five individuals are James Massey, Henry Langford, Elmer S. West, Jr., Jim Fox and Mary Campbell Cosby. The sketches were written by Cole Eskridge, a student at the University of Mary Washington and the Center's Heritage Fellow for 2009-10. The reseach, interviews and writing constituted the Heritage Fellow's project.
A copy of the Peace-bearers booklet is available free of charge. Please send $3 to cover shipping and handling and request that a free copy be sent to you. Telephone the Center at (804)289-8434 to request a copy.
NEW BOOK PUBLISHED ON YOUNG LEADERS
Memories of the Future: A Memoir of Virginia Baptists' Young Leaders Program by Robert Dale has been published by the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies. "Bob" Dale designed and led the innovative Young Leaders' Program which aided some 300 ministers over its 20-year span. The author reveals the steps involved in creating the program and shares the methods of instruction. Copies of Memories of the Future are free of charge to individuals who request them and send $6 to cover shipping and handling. Orders for the free book can be sent to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Copies are available while supplies last.
DVD Resource on Diversity & the Church
"The Swirling Center: Prospects for Diversity in the Church" is a three-disc DVD set of the presentations and dialogue at the convocation sponsored in 2009 by the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies. Speakers included Loyd Allen, Baptist historian at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, Emmanuel McCall, a Baptist world statesman, and Doug Hicks, a professor in the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond. Also included are reflections by three Baptist ministers: Henry V. Langford, a 90-year-old minister who confronted social clhange in the 1950s; Barbara Filling who speaks on gender issues especially as related to a woman's calling to the ministry; and Michael Cheuk who addresses ethnicity issues especially as related to his own personal experiences as a pastor of Asian background serving a traditionally Anglo congregation. The convocation included some 40 invited participants who dialogued on the subject of diversity in church life. The DVD gives everyone a front row seat to hear the challenging speakers and to sense the concern which the participants exhibited over the topic. Also included while supplies last is a copy of the papers written by the 2008-9 Heritage Fellows who examined the state of diversity in all phases of Baptist life: local, state and national levels. To order send a check for $25 including shipping and handling to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Ask for the "Swirling Center DVD".
Religious liberty resource available from Baptist heritage center