An "exemplary" Christian teacher from the U.K., who was fired by officials at the school where she worked for more than a decade after she refused to divorce her pedophile husband, has won compensation for wrongful dismissal.
According to the Independent, Sarah Pendleton said her Christian beliefs prevented her from leaving her husband after he was found guilty of downloading indecent images of children and voyeurism.
Her husband, Matthew Pendleton, whom she married in March 2002, is the former Headmaster of Kirkstead Junior School. He was given a 10-month prison sentence in July 2013 for secretly filming young boys getting changed for swimming lessons. He only served five months. more >>
First of all thank you. Thank you for your investment in current and soon-to-be youth leaders. Your investment in these young and spiritually potent lives could result in the radical transformation of the next generation.
I can't help but think back to my days at Colorado Christian University under my youth ministry professor, RJ Koerper. He had one foot firmly in God's Word and one foot firmly rooted in youth culture. As a result he was able to help us build a youth ministry philosophy that was both rooted and relevant. To this day he still speaks into our material at Dare 2 Share and continues to pour into me.
Professors like RJ are a gift from God to the youth ministry community. They help to create the very DNA that will drive youth ministry for years to come. more >>
There are three Christian schools within a few miles of each other near to where I live. If I were to travel a few miles farther three or four more would be found. That's a lot of Christian education within a relatively closely drawn circle. While none of these admit that they are in competition with the others, in reality they are all vying for a market share of families desiring a Christian education for their children.
Simply from my own knowledge of these schools I could complete a "competitive analysis" which would compare and contrast these institutions, but that certainly would be of no value here because it would be of little help to schools not looking for such help.
One thing, however, having nothing to do with the benefits of one over the other, would compare them, and fit hand-in-glove with each administratively. That one similarity is a meddling board. A board involved, where they shouldn't be, in the day-today operation of the school. more >>
Some in the Golden State say Christian schools have a license to discriminate. Actually, the opposite may be true.
Earlier this year my BreakPoint colleague, John Stonestreet, told you that the U. S. Department of Education, under pressure from LGBT groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, agreed to create a public, searchable database of Christian colleges and universities that obtained Title IX waivers based on claims of religious freedom.
John and others called it a "Christian college hit list" because it will allow LGBT activists to target Christian colleges for harassment and possible legal challenges. Sen. Ron Wyden and several other Democrats in the Senate say the waivers "allow for discrimination under the guise of religious liberty." more >>
The United Nations' Committee on the Rights of the Child claims in a report that the U.K. might be violating the rights of children in publicly funded schools by requiring them to take part in daily religious worship "of a broadly Christian character."
In a report released on June 3 by the 18-person committee of "independent experts" of "high moral character" from countries such as Russia and Egypt, according to The Telegraph, called on ministers to repeal a law requiring a daily act of Christian worship at schools because it might contradict a child's "freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
According to report, titled "Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools: An Evaluation of Law and Policy in the UK," the vast majority of schools in the U.K. are required by law to organize acts of collective worship (England, Northern Ireland, Wales) or religious observance (Scotland) for their students. more >>
A new Church of England-associated school has been forced to go on "lockdown" as it faces outrage from parents and students for removing a cross from its student-designed school logo.
According to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, parents and students are furious with Oak CE Primary School in the Crosland Moor district of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after school officials decided to redesign the school logo by scrubbing out a cross featured in the logo.
The primary institution, which is funded by the state and governed by both the Kirklees Council and the Church of England, opened on May 3 as a result of a merger between three preexisting schools. more >>