BCE Celebrates 25 Years, Honors Molly Marshall, Previews Forthcoming Documentary


From left, Michael Cheuk leads Matt Sapp, Leta Tillman and Emmanuel McCall in a "Name That Baptist" game. Home page: Molly Marshall, named Baptist of the Year, and Steve Vernon. (Photos: EthicsDaily.com)

Around 200 Baptists joined Baptist Center for Ethics' staff and board members to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Friday, June 24.

Molly T. Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, was recognized as EthicsDaily.com's 2015 Baptist of the Year.

"The Baptist Center for Ethics is one of the most entrepreneurial and creative entities in the CBF constellation," she said in remarks after receiving the award. "For 25 years, this prophetic partner has called us to be more just as a people."

"This award draws attention to varied pathways of ministry," Marshall continued. "Public service, race relations, peacemaking, environmental justice, needs of incarcerated women, philanthropy and theological education."

"Over the years, the Baptist Center for Ethics has honored some of my heroes. ... It's remarkable to be in their company and I am deeply grateful for this honor," she said.

Breakfast guests participated in a game of "Name That Baptist," hosted by BCE board member Michael Cheuk - offering a playful review of a quarter century of BCE initiatives seeking to advance the common good through positive, proactive moral resources.

The contestants were Emmanuel McCall, a Baptist pastor and former BCE board member; Leta Tillman, retired Hardin-Simmons University professor and librarian; and Matt Sapp, pastor of Heritage Fellowship in Canton, Georgia.

Each sought to guess the identity of nine global Baptists - including Carolyn Crumpler, European Baptist Helle Liht and Jimmy Carter - based on several clues. The audience was encouraged to participate with other guests at their tables.

The PowerPoint for the game can be viewed and downloaded here. A picture slideshow highlighting BCE's history from 1991 to the present is available here.

"@michaelkcheuk conveys an infectious joy everywhere he goes. Great fun playing 'name that Baptist' at @EthicsDaily breakfast," tweeted Shaun King, pastor of Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Cliff Vaughn, media producer at EthicsDaily.com, previewed "The Disturbances," a documentary sharing a previously untold story about how Christian missionaries intervened to save lives amid the 1966 genocide in Nigeria.

Taylor Sandlin, pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, tweeted: "12 min preview of @DisturbancesDoc at the @EthicsDaily breakfast. Looks good. Available September 2016."

"The Disturbances" is on schedule for a September 2016 release, with several screenings already in place. More information can be accessed via the film's website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

The breakfast took place in Greensboro, North Carolina, during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's 2016 general assembly.

Event pictures can be found on EthicsDaily.com's Facebook page. A video recording of Marshall's acceptance speech is available here.

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