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Protecting religious liberties, institutions, and ministries at state, federal, and global levels

Iceberg ReportingIf the alleged abuse happened in a country where reporting protocol is not established—or you have a multi-jurisdictional nightmare—or abuse that is historic—it may not be clear whether and how to report. All reports must be made in good faith, and reports in unusual situations may not provide you with the usual statutory immunity. Read More→

The Christian Lawyer magazine"Although allegations of leadership misconduct are one of the hardest things for ministries to handle, they offer a great opportunity to seek truth and justice and to minister to people."

Link to the pdf of the Imprint from the official publication of the Christian Legal Society, The Christian Lawyer, Summer 2015 issue ... Read More →

PredatorThe State of Minnesota filed criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The charge was six counts of a gross misdemeanor criminal complaint, for putting children at risk in various ways. What lessons should organizations gather from this criminal complaint?

The Colorado Lawyer cover"Balancing positive rights of free exercise between employers and employees may create some ongoing tension, but a number of cases give guidance on seeking a balance and some general principles."

Link to the pdf of the Imprint from the official publication of the Colorado Bar AssociationThe Colorado Lawyer, June 2015 | Vol. 44 No. 62 ...Read More →

Talking about Church DisciplineChurches and other religious organizations often ask what can be said about members or employees who are being disciplined. If an employee or member is being dismissed, can other members know why? The answer may be yes—but it’s risky.

Free ExerciseTheresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in front of the House Education Committee on a bill that would have protected student religious liberty rights on campus. 

Diverging ValuesWhat if your religious beliefs as an employee are in conflict with the organization’s basic values? Does it have to accommodate you anyway? Maybe, according to a recent Pennsylvania case.

Christian CollegeCan you have a union at a religious college? Only if the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) can exercise its jurisdiction over faculty members. NLRB has tried to do this several times. Shortly before Christmas in 2014, the NLRB developed a new test that lets it take jurisdiction over the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

Failures around child protection policies are heartbreaking on a personal and organizational level because children get hurt.

Physically abusing children in intimate ways is an endemic evil that destroys lives. Religious organizations must devote time, energy, and money to prevent, stop, and heal abuse whenever it is found. This paper examines the current landscape of this kind of abuse, then it addresses prevention and wise approaches to…
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