All the essays in this book, save one, were presented at a symposium at Baylor University entitled "Welfare Reform and the Churches," 6-7 April 1998. The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies would like to thank Baylor University for its generous funding over the years that has made symposia, lectureships, and books like this one possible. We would like to thank specifically President Robert Sloan and his administration for their gracious support of our work. Chancellor Herbert Reynolds, Provost Donald Schmeltekopf and Vice-Provost Dianna Vitanza, as always, were supportive of this project.
Here at the Institute several people had a hand in bringing both the symposium and this volume to successful completion. Administrative assistant Wanda Gilbert has never left even one stone unturned in the planning of an event, while Janice Losak takes on all tasks with great cheer. Editorial assistant Pat Cornett seems at times capable of working miracles with computerized text. She has been at the center of this project every step of the way. Pat was assisted by graduate student Micah Watson who performed the tedious yet important task of compiling the index. Also, a big thanks is due to all those Baylor faculty who serve on our Church-State Studies Faculty Committee and Journal of Church and State Editorial Board. They regularly give of their time and expertise in order to keep the work of the Institute and Journal moving forward.
Those familiar with the publication program of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies over the years may notice that this is the first volume not edited in whole or in part by James E. Wood, Jr. James is retiring at the end of the 1998- 1999 school year and is returning to his home state of Virginia. Although not an editor this time, it could be said that without James E. Wood, Jr., this book would not be possible. Founder of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies more than forty years ago, the Institute's work has been made possible by