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Accountable leadership : A resource guide for sustaining legal, financial, and ethical integrity in today's congregations
By Chaffee, Paul. Jossey-Bass Publishers. 1st ed., rev. and expanded. c1997.
"With reports of financial impropriety and clergy misconduct makingheadlines, accountable leadership and sound management practiceshave become priority concerns in congregations of every faith.Accountable Leadership speaks to congregation leaders, both clergyand laity, and to individuals who love the worshiping community andseek the tools that can enable everyone in it to better care forone another. This is a practical compAndium of resources for creating andmanaging a sound, effective, and fair congregation. This newedition has been extensively revised and updated to includecontemporary topics such as disturbing trAnds in reduced giving,new church-state issues, clergy misconduct and troublesome members,and legal issues associated with the congregation's role asemployer and provider of pastoral counseling." - from the publisher
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Crusading against the courts : The new mission to weaken the role of the courts in protecting our religious liberties
By Brandenburg, Bert. Justice at Stake Campaign. 2007.
This report, released by the Justice at Stake campaign, examines attacks from religious groups to undermine the independence and impartiality of the court system. The report looks at legislative court-stripping efforts, the role of religion in the confirmation and election of judges, efforts to impeach non-compliant judges, and the broad deference of courts to religious claims. Finally the report lists suggestions for resisting religious influence in the courts.
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The establishment clause : Religion and the First Amendment
By Levy, Leonard W. Macmillan. c1986.
"Leonard Levy's classic work examines the circumstances that led to the writing of the establishment clause of the First Amendment: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . .' He argues that, contrary to popular belief, the framers of the Constitution intended to prohibit government aid to religion even on an impartial basis. He thus refutes the view of 'nonpreferentialists,' who interpret the clause as allowing such aid provided that the assistance is not restricted to a preferred church." - from the publisher
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Guide to representing religious organizations
ABA Section of Business Law, American Bar Association. c2009.
Written by members of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Religious Organizations Subcommittee, this book provides an overview of the law and risks affecting religious organizations. It covers constitutional issues, organizational structures, taxes, fundraising, employment law, tort liability, copyright, and building and renovating real properties. Special attention is given to Board of Directors issues, including liability and fiduciary duty, and to The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.
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The law of church and state : U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 2002
By Brougher, Cynthia M. Congressional Research Service. 2007.
This survey of Supreme Court opinions illustrates the challenges the court faces in religion cases arising under the First Amendment. This report explains the holdings of each of the Court's church-state cases since 2002, and also explains the position of Justices who concurred in the judgments or dissented in each case.
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Legal guide for day-to-day church matters : A handbook for pastors and church members
By Mazur, Cynthia S. Pilgrim Press. Rev. and expanded. 2003.
Written by ministers and attorneys, this book is a primer to the legal issues that affect churches. Using a question/answer format, they examine the legal issues that the clergy and staff should be aware of along with actions and procedures that protect the church from litigation.
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Ministry and the law : What you need to know
By Shaughnessy, Mary Angela. Paulist Press. c1998.
Written primarily for ministers who serve within the Catholic tradition, this resource treats the relationship between civil law and the ministry. The treatise opens with a pre-test to gauge the reader's current understanding of civil law and the ministry and then continues with chapters dedicated to the sources of relevant law, the types of lawsuits that generally arise, personnel issues to consider, and other special interest topics (e.g., confidentiality, sexual misconduct, and parish finances). Also included are case law references, a glossary, and a subject index.
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Religion and the law
By Jasper, Margaret C. Oceana Publications. 1998.
"This volume of The Legal Almanac Series explores the law of religion in America and legislative efforts to reaffirm the liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment. It also illustrates the role of the Supreme Court and the appropriate involvement of religion in such areas as education, employment, and child custody. The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison." - from the publisher
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The right to religious liberty : The basic ACLU guide to religious rights
By Lynn, Barry W. Southern Illinois University Press. 2nd ed., completely rev. and updated. c1995.
"The ACLU has diligently and vigorously advanced claims that the religious liberty of individual believers and religious institutions are infringed upon by government. Written by two ordained Christian ministers and a former Orthodox Jewish rabbinical school student, The Right to Religious Liberty represents the view that far from being militantly atheistic, the ACLU’s insistence on the separation of church and state is in the best interests of both church and state. Like other handbooks in the ACLU series, this volume is developed in the hope that Americans, informed of their rights, will be encouraged to exercise them. Barry Lynn, Marc D. Stern, and Oliver Thomas explain this shared conviction through the use of a question and answer format that addresses a broad range of issues dealing with church-state separation and religious liberty. In detail, the authors discuss establishment and free exercise clauses, religion and public education, governmental aid to religious organizations,…
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RLUIPA reader : Religious land uses, zoning, and the courts
ABA, Section of State and Local Government Law. c2009.
This book "covers the general background of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) so that the reader understands the context in which RLUIPA was passed by Congress in 2000, as well as a very practical discussion about RLUIPA litigation from the perspective of the church (religious land use applicant) and the perspective of the community. Attorneys as well as planners and religious land use applicants will benefit from reading this book, which offers information and advice on initiating a RLUIPA lawsuit, as well as defending a RLUIPA lawsuit." - from the publisher
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The state and religion in a nutshell
By Berg, Thomas C. Thomson/West. 2nd ed. c2004.
This title discusses the attention the Supreme Court has given to religious-freedom issues under the First Amendment over the last 15 years. The text covers the issue of separation of church and state, equality of treatment and religious liberty. It also provides a historical perspective to the interactions of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause.
Note: A newer edition of this title is available electronically.
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