The Church State Council regularly sponsors webinars, and church programs on religious liberty topics. Some of those are compiled below, along with relevant webinars and sermons from our colleagues and friends.
Learning From Our History: Adventists, Religious Freedom & Social Action Today
Streamed LIVE July 23, 2022
Is There Still a Separation of Church and State?
Brought to you by the American Bar Association
Recorded July 12, 2022
As the October 2021 term drew to a close, the United States Supreme Court delivered two momentous church-state decisions that upended long-standing understandings on the relationship of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause, the so-called "Religion Clauses." These two cases, Carson v. Makin (mandating state funding of religious schools when nonpublic school tuition is funded) and Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (holding in favor of a public high school football coach's engaging in prayer at the 50-yard line following football games) raise crucial questions as to whether state actors have any leeway in determining where church-state lines are to be drawn, as well as regarding the meaning, and even continued viability, of concepts of constitutional analysis as "coercion" and "endorsement." Other cases during the just-completed term covered new ground in the relationship of free speech protections to the Religion Clauses, and the limits free exercise protections may place on prison administration. We hear from several experts on the implications of these cases, as well as look down the road to church-state cases that the Supreme Court will be considering in the term to come.