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Continuing education for ministry leaders
Youth/Children's Worker
Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

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Prayer at Graduation Ceremonies


This week we turn our attention to prayer at graduation ceremonies. Start by completing the following quiz. Then review the Executive Summary for the key points on this topic, or read the Weekly Lesson for a complete discussion of this topic.

Pastor Keith is the youth pastor at his church. A number of the members of his youth group ask him if he would offer a prayer as part of the graduation ceremony at the local public high school. Pastor Keith is honored by this request, and would like to accept, but he is unsure about the legality of such a prayer.

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

The Supreme Court has ruled that prayers offered by clergy at public high school graduation ceremonies violate the first amendment's prohibition of the establishment of religion. The same principle has been applied to prayers offered ...

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