Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

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ERLC Logo as of September 2013
Logo of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, 1997-2013.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the public policy agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. As of June 1, 2013, the ERLC is headed by Dr. Russell D. Moore[1] and is headquartered in Nashville, TN with an office in Washington, DC.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.[2] is the social and moral issues agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest non-catholic denomination in the United States,[citation needed] with over 16 million members[citation needed] in over 43,000 independent churches.[citation needed]

Formerly known as the Christian Life Commission, the agency has been led since inception by Dr. Richard Land. The Commission was founded in 1988 after the Southern Baptist Convention started reducing its involvement in the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty over divisions regarding the meaning of separation of church and state and the role of Baptist organisations in partisan politics.

The stated vision of the ERLC is an American society that affirms and practices Judeo-Christian values rooted in biblical authority. The stated mission of the ERLC is to awaken, inform, energize, equip, and mobilize Christians to be the catalysts for the Biblically-based transformation of their families, churches, communities, and the nation.[3]

The agency has many ministries to carry out its stated missions including: voter-registration efforts;[4] the Psalm 139 Project,[5] which donates sonogram machines to crisis pregnancy centres; and a think-tank, the Research Institute.[6]

The ERLC has offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

ERLC is involved in advocacy. Its legislative achievements include The Sudan Peace Act,[7] The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA),[8][9] and The North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.[10]

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