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Christian student group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Wayne State University can move forward with religious discrimination lawsuit in Port Huron, Michigan [#IntervarsityChristianFellowship #WayneStateUniversity #PortHuron]

A federal judge in Port Huron, Michigan ruled that a Christian student group at Wayne State University can move forward with its religious discrimination lawsuit against the school

The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sued Waye State University in 2018 after the school derecognized the group because of the organization’s policy mandating that its leaders must be Christian.

Wayne State argued that the group’s rule violates the university’s nondiscrimination policy. The school said it requires the same policy for Hindu and Jewish campus groups.

InterVarsity filed a 20-count complaint alleging that Wayne State violated its First Amendment rights to free speech and to freely exercise its religious beliefs.

Wayne State recertified InterVarsity 3 days after the group sued March 6, 2018.

Judge lets Christian group pursue suit against WSU:
The Detroit News

Lewis County Christian Women’s Conference by Focus Forward Ministries at Corbet Theater, Centralia College in Washington State [#LewisCounty #ChristianWomensConference #FocusForwardMinistries #CorbetTheater #CentraliaCollege #WashingtonState]

The third-annual Lewis County Christian Women’s Conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2019 at the Corbet Theater at Centralia College in Washington State.

The event is organized by Focus Forward Ministries.

This year’s theme is:

“Heart of a Warrior: How to successfully succeed today’s daily challenges and struggles according to biblical principles.”

Doors open at 9 a.m. with opening speaker Charity Rattray from Idaho beginning at 10 a.m.

Charity Rattray is the founder of Untied by Love International. She has authored 2 books and has 4 children.

A lunch break will follow from noon to 1:30 and an afternoon session featuring Sherina Sours from Battle Ground will resume at that time.

Sherina Sours is an ordained minister with Grace International and serves on the staff at Landmark Church with her husband as worship leaders and youth pastors.

Director of Focus Forward Ministries Kandi Delos Santos is offering FREE tickets.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at Eventbrite.com.
For more information, call 360-790-4312.

Christian Women’s Conference Scheduled for Saturday:
Centralia Chronicle

Phil Heller announced as new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana [#PhilHeller #Crossroads #Indiana]

Phil Heller has been announced as the new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of the Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana.

Heller’s hire was recommended by the search team to Crossroads Christian Church elders. Elders unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Heller was on the staff of Crossroads from 1996 to 2002 as student ministries pastor and high school pastor.

He was executive pastor for 13 years at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he was responsible for providing direction for executing the church’s vision, mission and strategy and developing leadership among the staff and congregation, according to a release from Crossroads.

Heller has a bachelor’s in specialized ministries from Kentucky Christian University and is near to completing his masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am excited about rejoining the tri-state community. And I look forward to pursuing the collective vision among Evansville area church leaders to see the Tri-State be a place where everyone flourishes.”
– Phil Heller

Crossroads Christian Church announces new lead pastor
Evansville Courier & Press

A Canadian human rights law firm, The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF.ca) has sent a legal demand letter to Simcoe Muskoka Child, Youth and Family Services (“Child Services”), a government adoption agency accusing of discrimination calling upon it to reverse its decision to dismiss the application of a loving couple seeking to become foster parents.

In November 2017, the couple “L” and “A,” who wish to remain anonymous, applied to become foster parents. They started the required training in January 2018 and completed it in March. After they completed the training, a Child Services social worker interviewed the couple.

The couple heard nothing from Child Services for the next six months. Then, on October 24, 2018 they received a letter from Child Services communicating its decision to dismiss their application to foster.

“We feel that the policies of our agency do not appear to fit with your values and beliefs and therefore, we will be unable to move forward with an approval for your family as a resources home.”
– The letter from Child Services

Ontario Child Services denies couple seeking to foster solely due to Christian beliefs:
Life Site News

Christians told can’t foster kids after asked if they believe ‘more outdated parts of the Bible’:
The Christian Post

Christian Couple in Canada Told They Can’t Foster Children if They ‘Still’ Believe ‘Outdated Parts of the Bible’ and Consider Homosexuality a Sin:
Black Christian News Network One

Anti-Christian Discrimination: Couple Barred from Foster Parenting Because They Won’t Deny the Bible:
CBN News