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Bathroom Bill • Sexual Assault Lawsuit • Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Bathroom Bill • Sexual Assault Lawsuit • Sanctuary Church: News Roundup
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Episcopal Church Leaders Voice Opposition to Texas Bathroom Bill. “As the Texas Senate prepares to consider legislation to restrict bathroom use for transgender Texans in legislative overtime, the national Episcopal Church is renewing its opposition to such proposals. ...

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 ...

Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
What churches can take away from the controversy surrounding George Cardinal Pell.
Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
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George Cardinal Pell—senior Roman Catholic prelate in Australia, Vatican treasurer, and aide to Pope Francis—faces charges of sexual assault.

Pell has denied the veracity of the “multiple charges” from “multiple complainants,” according to ...

Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
How one church’s use of an AED illustrates the importance of having one on-site.
Why Your Church Needs a Defibrillator
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When attending church services, you may not consider the possibility that someone could unexpectedly experience sudden cardiac arrest. But the reality is that it can happen—and churches need to be prepared to respond.

“Cardiac arrest—an electrical malfunction ...

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 ...

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 ...

How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
How to Protect Your Church from Cybercrime
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The most current statistics on cybercime published by the FBI (2015 via ic3.gov) show they received nearly 290,000 cybercrime complaints that year, with an associated loss of $1.1 billion. At the time of this writing, a new ransomware called WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) is infecting ...

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 ...

9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
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It’s May—and that means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School.

Is your church ready for this big event? Has your children’s ministry team started preparing? If you haven’t thought about it yet this year, ...

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, ...

What Leaders Can Learn from Violent Incidents at Churches
2016 statistics show churches should look for signs of domestic abuse.
What Leaders Can Learn from Violent Incidents at Churches
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In 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools, and in comparing 2016 to the most recent 10 years, it was the second in the number of violent crimes with deadly potential (with 246 deadly force incidents, following 2015 at 248). Year ...

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 ...

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 ...

5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
How your church can take steps toward awareness and prevention.
5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
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Did you know that child sexual abuse is the number one reason churches are sued? This is a big issue in the church—and, unfortunately, an issue that is rarely discussed. When it comes to a topic like child abuse, a natural response is to believe it could never happen in ...

Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Kentucky Church Security Cameras Record Parking Lot Shooting. “Louisville Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened Saturday night . . . Security cameras at the Church of Truth . . . captured the moment when the victim's car crashed into senior pastor ...

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 ...

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