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Must Education Be Faith Free

one room school houseMust public education be free from all religion? Should parents who want Biblical education pay twice but - once, through taxes for public school, and again for a private school with their values? The Freedom From Religion Foundation staged another attack on a school released-time policy. The FFRF insists that the plan is “granting special treatment to attend select evangelical Christian education courses,” and that violates the Constitution.

The Power of Sorry - What Makes a Real Apology

real apologyWhen a situation has gotten to the point where we might consider an organizational apology, we can assume a person has been hurt, relationships have been broken, and there could be legal liability. Let’s think about what an apology would look like... 

Do I Have to Work on Sundays?

Some jobs require a person to work on the Sabbath. Does the law require you to work on your Sabbath, or does your employer have to accommodate your religious beliefs and let you go to church (or mosque or synagogue or temple)? As attorneys love to say, that depends. Two recent cases in late 2012 give some idea of how employers’ and employees’ rights are balanced in the context of time off for worship. Both cases are based on Title VII, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on religion (and includes all aspects of religious observance and practice)—unless the employer can demonstrate that it cannot reasonably accommodate the religious observance without undue hardship.

The Power of Sorry - Apologies, Legal Liability, Litigation, and the Kingdom of Heaven

apologizingWhy must organizations avoid apologizing? This is a terrific question! I love it because it gets deep into the core question of what law is supposed to do. I believe that a law is one tool to pursue wholeness, completeness, or maturity. This is a philosophy we share, because each of us uses our respective discipline to help clients move in that direction. So—a good legal advisor ... 

Considerations for Policies as a Standard of Care

reasonable standard of careA policy not followed is worse than no policy at all. A policy tells the world what you believe is a reasonable standard of care. If you then don't follow it, you're condemned out of your own mouth. 

To Policy or Not to Policy, That Is the Question

policies and procedures debateTheresa, I got stuck in a problematic place in my leadership a number of years ago. I was concerned about staff behavior that was counter to maintaining good and complementary relationships. I wanted a policy that I could use ... 

Rituals of Missionary Consent to Risk

visiting a doctor in hard placesBrent, you are right perception makes a huge difference. You’ve brought up the idea of ritualizing this “consent” as part of the milestones of moving into missionary service. That is... 

Expectations Are Embedded in Ritualizing Milestones

missionary lifecycle ceremoniesTheresa – Clearly articulating the vision throughout the life of the missionary, and “ritualizing” it into the developmental milestones (such as a local church dedication service) creates an awareness in all the parts (the church, supporters, family, mission) of the multiple possible futures of this mission life... 

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