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September/October 1997
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Religious Freedom Restoration Act Subscriber access only

Every church will be affected.
Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches, with Richard R. Hammar
Georgia
Child Abuse

Evaluating Allegations of Child Abuse Subscriber access only

A recent case will be of use to churches.
Texas
Church Property

Check Deed Before Renting Property Subscriber access only

Some deeds contain restrictions prohibiting religious facilities.
Arkansas
Church Property Disputes

Review Deed Before Conveying Property Subscriber access only

Be familiar with restrictions in your church's deed.
Maryland
Church Property Disputes

Churches as Historic Landmarks Subscriber access only

Restriction of a church's right to demolish a building may violate the First Amendment.
Ohio
Church Records

Members' Inspection of Church Records Subscriber access only

Who has a right to inspect records?
Minnesota

Former Minister Sues Church for Wrongful Dismissal Subscriber access only

Courts generally will not intervene in churches' ministerial employment decisions.
Minnesota

Dismissed Minister Sues Former Church Subscriber access only

Courts are reluctant to resolve employment disputes between ministers and churches.
Ohio

Lawsuit Challenges Church's Selection of Pastor Subscriber access only

Court rules that it cannot intervene.
Arizona
Invasion of Privacy

Pastor Sued for Disclosing Confidential Information Subscriber access only

The victim had revealed the information during counseling.
Texas

Hearsay Testimony Subscriber access only

Ministers may be barred from testifying about statements made to them out of court.
Federal
Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion at Work Subscriber access only

Restrictions of employees' religious speech may violate the First Amendment.
Colorado
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Insurance Coverage of Sexual Misconduct Subscriber access only

Be sure to know what your policy covers.
Texas
Defamation

Defamation and "Qualified Privilege" Subscriber access only

Claims made to others concerning a matter of common interest generally are protected.
Massachusetts
Schools

Defamatory Statements Subscriber access only

Expressions of opinion cannot be considered defamation.
Colorado
Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church and Pastor Sued Over Child Molestation Subscriber access only

Don't ignore accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Understanding Pastoral Liability

Understanding Pastoral Liability Subscriber access only

Know the situations in which a pastor is personally liable for wrongdoing.
12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers

12 Law & Tax Guidelines for New Ministers Subscriber access only

Essential knowledge to ensure legal and financial clarity and integrity in ministry.