Press Release Aug 1, 2007

SBC’s Richard Land to address Union University’s summer graduates

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s summer graduation ceremony Aug. 3.

About 260 students will receive degrees during the 6 p.m. ceremony at West Jackson Baptist Church, bringing the total number of Union graduates to nearly 900 for the academic year.

Land will be speaking from the text of Hebrews 13:8 about the eternal truths of the Christian faith and the challenge of applying them in the 21st century.

“Richard Land has provided key leadership and brilliant commentary regarding important ethical issues and religious liberty matters for Southern Baptists for more than two decades,” said Union University President Dr. David S. Dockery.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to share in the graduation ceremony at Union,” Land said. “I have personal ties to the university through having a daughter who is a graduate (class of ’96) as well as having had the opportunity to have known Dr. Dockery as a colleague and friend for many years.

“It has been exciting to watch as Union has blossomed into one of the finest Christian liberal arts universities in the country under Dr. Dockery’s inspirational and capable leadership.”

“Richard Land has been a wonderfully supportive friend of Union University, and we are honored to have him as our speaker for this commencement service,” Dockery said.

“His voice in the national public square has grown in influence year after year, and his recent book, The Divided States of America? provides significant insight for moving the conversation forward on current church-state challenges.”

Ed Moy, current director of the U. S. Mint and former White House Director of Personnel; R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, have spoken at previous graduation ceremonies.

p(notes). The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.3 million members in over 44,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC's ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

p(notes). To request an interview with Dr. Richard Land, contact Jill Martin at (615) 782-8401, or by e-mail at jmartin@erlc.com. For more information about Union University, please contact Tim Ellsworth at (731) 661-5215l.

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