Professors Jeff Baker and Jennifer Koh Participate in Christian Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University
Professors Jeffrey R. Baker and Jennifer Lee Koh contributed several sessions at the annual Christian Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 8-10. They served on the organizing committee for the inaugural Section on Law, Policy, and Justice, along with Professor Jerome Dees of Faulkner University Jones School of Law, and Professor Brandon Paradise of Rugters Law School. Professor Baker chaired the committee, which generated three sessions for the conference.
Professor Koh moderated the panel, Confession and Repentance: Understanding Christian Calls for Racial Justice and a Beloved Community in the American Church and Academy, with Professor Brant Lee of University of Akron School of Law, Professor Ruth L. Okediji of Harvard Law School, Dr. Robert Chao Romero of UCLA, and Dr. Anthony Bradley of The King's College.
Professor Baker convened the responsive panel, Confession and Repentance: Responding to Christian Calls for Racial Justice and a Beloved Community in the American Church and Academy: Roundtable, with Professor Leslie Patrice Culver of the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor Damon Horton of California Baptist University, and members of the organizing committee.
Professor Koh also joined Beloved Community: A Workshop. This will be a year-long reading group and workshop that will meet periodically to engage questions of race and racism, inclusion and exclusion, asking,"How can Christians, scholars and lay folk alike, join hands with others who may not think like us or look like us or worship like us, but who wish to work together to advance the Beloved Community?" The workshop plans to reconvene at the next conference to discuss their insights.
Professor Baker also moderated a panel, Christianity and the Laws of Conscience, with Professor Jeffrey B. Hammond of Faulkner University Jones School of Law who co-edited Cambridge University Press’s Christianity and the Laws of Conscience (2021), and two chapter authors, Professor Nathan Chapman of the University of Georgia School of Law, and Dr. Christopher Tollefson of the University of South Carolina.