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

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…
Mission organizations are heavy users of various forms of social media, on an individual and organizational level. With personnel, offices, and supporters in multiple countries and time zones, social media makes sense. It has enormous advantages, but also significant dangers. The law on social media is developing fast; some might…
In most states, and under the common law, communications with spiritual leaders are protected under a privilege called clergy-communicant, clergy-congregant, clergy communications or something similar. But when does it apply? Ministers must think through this before they start listening to confessions and other important communications. In a case last year,  Pastor…
Reporting child abuse is complex and important. Failure to report abuse can leave children at risk. Still, be wise before picking up the phone. An error in one direction may leave a child abused or make you criminally liable. An error in the other direction may damage a family, ruin a…
Mr. Barth believes that public administrators can learn a great from the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, given that the guiding principles for large bureaucracies are similar to the large religious organization. He wrote a good article called “Crisis Management in the Catholic Church:  Lessons for Public Administrators." While Mr.…
Thomas Berg has written an interesting article suggesting that progressives should improve their commitment to religious liberty for traditionalists. It's titled "Progressive Arguments for Religious Organizational Freedom: Reflections on the HHS Mandate". Progressives understand, for instance, that the recent HHS contraceptive mandate impinges on religious liberty. But, as they will…
Nonprofit risk management is an interesting area that wavers between a solid business approach and a dash of hope and faith. In June 2013, Crystal & Company, which is a large risk and insurance advisor, put out a “Survey of Nonprofit Risk Management”. The survey studied large nonprofits, with the…
Two recent decisions on invocational prayer before local government Board meetings, filed in March of 2013, came out in opposite directions, but give some insight into the legal principles involved in determining whether Boards can properly sponsor a formal prayer before meetings. In Hudson v. Pittsylvania County, the federal district…
You hate to see a case with a caption like God’s Hope Builders, Inc. v. Mount Zion Baptist Church, since it seems unlikely the lawsuit is what God would have hoped for. The Georgia Court of Appeals, on March 28, 2013, remanded this case with orders to the trial court…
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