The bulletin was prepared by LCMS Worship and LCMS Life Ministry in partnership with Concordia Publishing House.
The report follows several requests, in recent years, for the CTCR to address the question of whether or to what extent LCMS clergy should continue to serve as agents of the state in officiating marriages and signing civil marriage licenses.
Tim Goeglein, vice president of External Relations for Focus on the Family, and KFUO host Kip Allen talk about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process during a Free to be Faithful® program.
During a Free to be Faithful® program, Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel for First Liberty Institute, and KFUO Radio host Kip Allen discuss the possible disciplinary action against Army Chaplain Scott Squires for following his church’s beliefs about marriage.
The Supreme Court’s NIFLA decision undergirds free speech protections for pregnancy counselors and others.
In a decision announced Monday, June 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner/artist Jack Phillips. In 2012, Phillips, a Christian, declined to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, stating that to do so would violate his religious convictions.
The Synod is among 22 states, 144 members of Congress and numerous other organizations filing amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could block California’s mandate for abortion advertisements in pro-life pregnancy centers.
Upon hearing oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court now must decide, in effect, whether Christians have the same liberty as others to live consistently according to their religious beliefs.
October’s Free to be Faithful® program on KFUO.org discusses important pending U.S. Supreme Court cases that have significant ramifications for religious freedom in America.
The brief’s basis is that the government cannot force Americans to use their abilities and vocations to perform services that violate their faith and conscience.
Judge Ruth Neely, a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pinedale, Wyo., has been under fire since 2014 for expressing her faith-based beliefs on marriage.
With the U.S. Supreme Court delivering its Trinity Lutheran Church ruling in favor of the church, the Synod will be looking at the specifics of the decision and its implications for religious liberty.
James Gottry, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, writes that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule in favor of religious nonprofits on the basis of religious discrimination.
The United States Supreme Court on April 19 heard oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, a case involving an LCMS congregation. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christiana Holcomb talks about the ‘playground case’ with KFUO Radio host Kip Allen during a “Free to be Faithful” program.