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The Good, the Bad and the Complicated Realities of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses

March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Campolo Fellows Lecture Series with Amanda Tyler

St. Davids, PA – The Campolo Center for Ministry is pleased to welcome our second Visiting Campolo Fellow of the Spring 2019 Campolo Fellows Lecture Series to the campus of Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary.  The Campolo Fellows Lecture Series for Spring 2019 is generously underwritten by our friends at the Eula Mae and John Baugh FoundationWe’d love to see you there! These event are open to the public.  Please RSVP to campolocenter@eastern.edu or 610-341-1715.

Amanda Tyler is executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. 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 has earned degrees from Georgetown University and University of Texas School of Law.  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. A member of the Texas and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, Tyler has experience working in Congress, in a private legal practice and serving as a law clerk for a federal judge.

Tyler has said the following about her service with BJC:

“I feel called by God to do this work. There are many challenges and opportunities surrounding our First Freedom, such as increasing religious pluralism and the unease it can bring. The Baptist Joint Committee, with its rich history and deep expertise, is uniquely positioned to be a voice for all people who want to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for generations to come. I truly believe that our entire world has never needed the BJC as much as it does right now, and there is no limit to what God can do through us to preserve religious liberty for all of God’s children.”


Thursday, March 21st 

11:30 AM: Guest Lecturer/Discussion in Constitutional Law with Dr. Alexios Alexander

1 PM: Lunch with Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests in the Dining Commons

6 PM: Chapel and Chew with Palmer Theological Seminary: McInnis 251 (RSVP requested)

7:30 PM:  Amanda Tyler: UP Close: Baird Library (Refreshments served, RSVP requested) Please join us for a moderated conversation with Amanda Tyler about calling and vocation, faith and law, and life lessons on leadership.  

Friday, March 22nd

10 AM: Windows on the World Lecture, McInnis Auditorium

11:30 AM: Luncheon and Q & A, Baird Library

The Good, the Bad and the Complicated Realities of the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses

Summary: The first 16 words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect religious liberty in a unique way that has served the country well, guarding against violent inter-religious conflict that has plagued –and continues to plague – many other parts of the globe. Yet both in the past and present, the United States has failed to live up to the Constitution’s ideals of freedom for all. In this lecture, Tyler will survey the history of how our Constitution protects religious freedom, exploring the contributions of colonial Baptists to its language, and discuss some of its shortcomings as interpreted and applied by the U.S. Supreme Court. She will highlight some of the most complicated and nuanced areas of concern for religious liberty today, including what we even mean we say “religious freedom.”


March 21, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 23, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Eastern University McInnis Auditorium
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087 United States
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