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Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Ministerial Exception • Tax Fraud Allegations • Church Protests Liquor Store: News Roundup
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Court Dismisses Gender Discrimination Claim Due to Ministerial Exception. “In Fratello v. Archdiocese of New York . . . the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals held that the principal of a Catholic elementary school is barred by the ‘ministerial exception’ doctrine ...

Man Threatens Nun • Church Sues Festival • Zoning Hoops: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Man Threatens Nun • Church Sues Festival • Zoning Hoops: News Roundup
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Virginia Church Denied Permit to Move into Industrial Property. “The Rocky Mount Town Council voted Monday night to deny a special permit that would allow a church to move into an area zoned for industrial use. . . . The property is zoned M1—Industrial Limited District, ...

Church Property Dispute • Sanctuary Church • Fireworks Damage: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Property Dispute • Sanctuary Church • Fireworks Damage: News Roundup
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Ohio Court Rules Competing Church Factions Must Share Building. “In Mullins v. Wicker . . . an Ohio appellate court, in a 2-1 decision, agreed with a trial court's decision in a case in which two competing factions of the Little Ettie Old Regular Baptist Church in ...

SCOTUS Religious Liberty Ruling • Abuse Cover-Up • Church Vandalism: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS Religious Liberty Ruling • Abuse Cover-Up • Church Vandalism: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Missouri Church in Religious Liberty Case. “In a 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer . . . the US Supreme Court today [June 26] held that the First Amendment free exercise rights of Trinity Lutheran Church ...

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools
The religious freedom victory now could mean others in the future.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools
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The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on its most important religious freedom case of the year, and they ruled in favor of a church.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer was a lawsuit brought by a Lutheran church against the director of the Missouri Department ...

Establishment Clause Violation • Gang Violence at Church • Church Shooter Guilty: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Establishment Clause Violation • Gang Violence at Church • Church Shooter Guilty: News Roundup
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Florida Court Rules City Park’s Cross Violates Establishment Clause. “In Kondrat'yev v. City of Pensacola, Florida . . . a clearly reluctant Florida federal district court judge held that a 34-foot concrete Latin cross that has stood in the city's Bayview ...

Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
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Former Music Director Loses Discrimination Lawsuit. “[Colin] Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, [Illinois,] was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. ...

SCOTUS Christian Hospital Ruling • Televangelism Network Lawsuit • Treasurer Embezzlement: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS Christian Hospital Ruling • Televangelism Network Lawsuit • Treasurer Embezzlement: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Rules on Religiously Affiliated Hospitals’ Exemptions. “Giving a major win to religiously affiliated health care systems, the US Supreme Court today [June 5] in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton . . . held that their retirement plans qualify ...

Contraception Mandate • Saddleback Abuse • Church Security Law: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Contraception Mandate • Saddleback Abuse • Church Security Law: News Roundup
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Texas Law to Allow Churches to Provide Their Own Security. “The Texas legislature has passed the Church Security Protection Act aimed at allowing churches to provide their own security through members of their congregations. In a special report, [reporter] Angel San Juan ...

Sex-Abuse Bill • Protecting Sermons • Property Tax Exemption Denied: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Sex-Abuse Bill • Protecting Sermons • Property Tax Exemption Denied: News Roundup
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Illinois Bill to Eliminate Statutes of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Crimes. “[A] measure to eliminate statutes of limitations for all child sex abuse crimes cleared the Illinois House on [May 18] and heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk, where the governor vowed ...

Church Vandalism • Religious Liberty EO Lawsuit • Church and State Debate: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Vandalism • Religious Liberty EO Lawsuit • Church and State Debate: News Roundup
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Church Organist Confesses to Church Vandalism. “A staff organist has been arrested in the post-election vandalism at an Episcopal church in Indiana—an incident that generated national headlines in November as a possible case of politically motivated hate speech, ...

How Does Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Affect Churches?
Four legal experts weigh in on what the order actually means.
How Does Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Affect Churches?
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On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order (full text here) concerning religious liberty. Promises to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment—a provision in the US tax code that restricts churches’ political activity—have long been part of the ...

Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld • Tornado Damages Church • Church Apartment Complex: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld • Tornado Damages Church • Church Apartment Complex: News Roundup
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Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy. “The US Supreme Court let stand a California law that bans licensed therapists from working with children to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight, rejecting an appeal that said the measure violates religious ...

Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
How to navigate the process smoothly and with minimal problems.
Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
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Kevin Donohue spent decades building networks for wireless companies before switching sides to represent landowners through his work with Tower Genius—a consultant firm that helps churches, businesses, and private citizens with lease agreements. He spoke with ManagingYourChurch.com ...

SCOTUS and Church-State Separation • Church Bus Crash Lawsuit • Child Abuse Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
SCOTUS and Church-State Separation • Church Bus Crash Lawsuit • Child Abuse Case: News Roundup
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Questions on Separation of Church and State Arise in Supreme Court Religious Liberty Case. “The Supreme Court seemed ready to chip away at the wall separating church and state on Wednesday [April 19], with several justices suggesting that states must sometimes provide ...

Alabama Church Police • SCOTUS Religious Liberty Case • Potential Johnson Amendment Repeal: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Alabama Church Police • SCOTUS Religious Liberty Case • Potential Johnson Amendment Repeal: News Roundup
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Alabama Senate Approves Church Police Officer Legislation. “A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the US. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police ...

Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
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Church Bus Crash in Texas Kills 13. “The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. . . . Department of Public Safety ...

Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Concealed Weapons at Church • Child Endangerment Retrial • Donation Box Theft: News Roundup
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North Carolina Approves Bill to Allow Concealed Weapons at Church/School Sites. “The state House approved a bill Monday night [March 27] that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon at certain churches, citing concerns among some church leaders about security. The ...

Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Private Police at Church • Religious Discrimination Lawsuit • Church Promises Free Money, Prompts Questions: News Roundup
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Alabama Church Asks Legislature for Permission to Create Private Police Force. “Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon ...

ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
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Many Ministers Concerned About Repeal of Affordable Care Act. “Like most Americans, ministers and their families are facing exploding health-care costs. And for many clergy, the resulting frustration and stress comes on top of the long hours and low pay associated with ...

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