Sample Letter for Pastor Regarding Sabbath Accommodation
City, State, Zip Code
RE: Accommodation for Religious Belief and Practice
Dear (Get name of supervisor or scheduler):
(Member Name) is a member in good standing and in regular attendance at the (your church name) Seventh-day Adventist Church of which I am the pastor. (Member Name) asked that I write this letter, as support for his request to be nonscheduled on his religious Sabbath in harmony with the Old and New Testament teachings of the Bible.
(Member Name), (like millions of other Seventh-day Adventists around the world), is unable to perform secular activities, employment or otherwise, during the 24 hour period from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. He does not request to have the Sabbath off in order to have an extra day at home to catch up on odd jobs or to engage in recreation or amusements. Secular activities--shopping, sports, employment, and entertainment--are laid aside. The Sabbath is sacred to (him or her) and he (him or her) devotes these hours to God.
Some accommodation options suggested in the Guidelines on Religious Discrimination Because of Religion are:
1. Change employee to a shift or department that does not operate on Friday night or Saturday.
2. Swap shifts with another employee.
3. Work on Sunday or holidays in place of Saturday.
4. Work a flexible schedule so that he can leave the job on Friday afternoon _____ minutes before sundown.
5. Make a Temporary accommodation while a permanent one is being arranged.
If I can be of any assistance, I will be happy to discuss (Member Name)’s Sabbath employment problem with you in person.
Pastor (Your Name)
cc: Alan J. Reinach, Esq., Executive Director
Church State Council