Religious Freedom:

Five Frequently Asked Questions

When making decisions and creating policies, churches have unique freedoms that other organizations may not have. What does the law say? How can churches minister to all, stay true to their sincerely-held, Biblically-based beliefs, and follow the law? This webinar will address five frequently-asked questions submitted to Brotherhood Mutual’s LegalAssistance team regarding religious freedom and the dilemmas churches may face.

Original Broadcast Date: Monday, October 26, 2015
Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes

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This presentation will address these and other questions:

  • What should churches know about the recent Supreme Court decision on marriage?
  • What can ministries do to continue acting according to their sincerely-held religious beliefs, while still following the law?
  • What steps can a ministry take to ensure all activities, events, and facility use adhere to the ministry’s sincerely-held religious beliefs?
  • What should ministry leaders know about belief-based employment decisions?
  • How can insurance coverage help to protect your ministry when it comes to belief-based decisions?

About the presenters:

Michael AllisonMichael Allison, JD, CPCU, is vice president, chief counsel, and corporate secretary at Brotherhood Mutual. Allison helped to create the company’s LegalAssistance service, which provides information for ministries with legal questions. Today, as part of his duties, he oversees Brotherhood Mutual’s legal department and also travels across the country, meeting with church leaders and assisting ministries as they work through risk management and legal concerns. Allison is very active in the insurance and legal communities, serving on the board of the Insurance Institute of Indiana and lending his time to the Fort Wayne Neighborhood Christian Legal Society. He received his undergraduate degree at Purdue University before earning his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law.

Steve CaseSteve Case, JD, is assistant vice president and senior corporate counsel at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. He assists ministries with risk management, focusing on the areas of faith-based decisions, child protection, worker screening, healthcare, Medicare, and tax. Case received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law and is licensed by the Indiana and Ohio Supreme Courts. A former insurance defense litigator, Steve is also active in his church, serving as the Growth Group Director.

 

The information provided in this webinar is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area.