Save the date for the 4th Annual Henry & Annabel Larzelere Memorial Lecture Series

Sunday, October 25, 2020    Virtual  •  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Christian Citizenship in 2020

Featuring Amanda Tyler
Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty 

In preparation for this event, you're invited to read the book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism, by Katherin Stewart. 

Presentation Description:
Jesus’s teaching to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s is particularly relevant in this election season like no other. How do we maintain our dual citizenship in God’s kingdom and the United States of America without losing our prophetic voice in the process? What is "Christian nationalism" and how is it showing up in ways that are harmful to both Christianity and our national unity? Amanda Tyler gives some practical advice about ways the church can be engaged in nonpartisan ways in the electoral process and raise a voice of reason and challenge, standing up for our core values and the equality of our neighbors, no matter their religious identity or political party.

To Join the Presentation: 
You are invited to join this virtual presentation via Zoom by launching the Zoom app and entering the meeting ID: 896 0035 7859 and entering the password BJC.


Amanda Tyler Bio: 
Amanda Tyler is the executive director of BJC in Washington, D.C. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government.

Tyler often speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings, and she provides commentary on church-state issues to the national media. A member of the Texas and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, she has experience working in Congress, in a private legal practice and serving as a law clerk for a federal judge.

Called a “powerful advocate” and “rising star in the sector” by The Nonprofit Times, she was named one of the nation’s top 50 nonprofit leaders in 2018. She was named “Baptist of the Year” by in 2019 for her work leading the “Christians Against Christian Nationalism” campaign.

A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Texas School of Law, Tyler previously served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. Tyler grew up hearing about the cherished Baptist principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state in her Baptist church in Austin, Texas, and she first sought out the organization 20 years ago when she moved to D.C. to attend college. She first served on BJC’s staff as assistant to the general counsel from 1999-2001, which included coordinating the broad coalition in support of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

A member of First Baptist Church of Washington, D.C., she lives in the city with her husband and their son. You can follow her on Twitter: @AmandaTylerBJC

BJC Info: 
Founded in 1936, Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) is a national faith-based organization whose singular focus is the protection of religious liberty, furthering the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government. They are the only faith-based group working on a national level to ensure that every American has the right to follow his or her religious beliefs.