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Faith & Law: Understanding same-sex marriage and transgender law

An expert in insurance and constitutional law examines the integral role your religious organization plays in your community and how changing laws can affect you and your mission. How do cases on same-sex marriage and gender identity make it to the U.S. Supreme Court? Friedman: The Court tends to look at how things are playing […]

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Employment law pitfalls

Employment Law Attorney Sara Ackermann, in partnership with Church Mutual Insurance Company, answers your most pressing questions about wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination lawsuits in churches. In churches, a prevailing mindset regarding wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination lawsuits is, It can’t happen here. What’s the reality? Are insurers, in fact, seeing an increase in these […]

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Dangers in defining church membership

How does corporate church membership affect risk management?

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How to avoid a defamation lawsuit

The extensive use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, streaming sermon videos, podcasts and blogging, has placed many churches into a public arena with potential legal and public relations consequences.

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GILBERT-ISTAN

A church of seven adult members is told by its city that it’s illegal to hold religious services in their own homes. Golly, shades of Uzbekistan. In the same week we learned that the country of Uzbekistan levied massive fines on Baptists for meeting without a license and the town of Gilbert (AZ) banned church meetings in the homes of its residents.

In the same week we learned that the country of Uzbekistan levied massive fines on Baptists for meeting without a license and the town of Gilbert (AZ) banned church meetings in the homes of its residents.

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Does the church bake sale threaten your tax-exempt status?

In this modern era, many churches are offering more and more services to its congregants to attract new members, retain established members and create revenue to operate the church or fund its programs. Common examples may include a bookstore or coffee bar. As a general rule, a church is not taxed on its income or revenues from an activity that is substantially related to the religious or charitable purposes of the organization.

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