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  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed April 26 that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption. Read More

  • Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial "for flourishing, vibrant communities," Russell Moore said Tuesday (Oct. 10).

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources -- the SBC's health and financial benefits entity -- in opposing an Oct. 6 federal court decision that invalidated the housing allowance, said Moore, the ERLC's president. In the opinion, Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled the allowance an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment clause that prohibits a government establishment of religion -- the second time she has done so in four years. Read More