Dear Friends, The Camp Fire that burned up the beautiful town of Paradise (population 27,000) near Chico (about 80 miles southeast of Redding) now ranks as the deadliest fire that the United States of America has suffered in a century. To give you some perspective, the second worst fire in California history killed 29 people … Continue reading The Nation’s Deadliest Fire in a Century
Dear Friends, Until now, I have been too numb, too shocked, to write about the Camp Fire, the most devastating fire that California has ever seen. On Thursday November 8, 2018, this speed-fire -- within eight hours--engulfed, gulped down, and swallowed whole the 27,000 population, beautiful town called Paradise, which lies about 90 miles away from … Continue reading Paradise Lost: New Worst Fire Ever in CA Still Burning
In the twentieth century, one of my favorite writers, Dorothy Sayers, wrote a now-famous little treatise titled, "Are Women Human?" Today I'd like to ask a more twenty-first century question: Is it masculine for a woman to be like Jesus? When recently my husband attended a men's event at church, he came home with an … Continue reading Part 1: Is it Masculine for a Woman to Be Like Jesus?
If you haven't had a chance yet to listen to the Hope Podcast #5 in which I recount the gist of what happened to me at Simpson University, then I invite you to take time for that. You should also read my post, Otherwise, this post might not make sense. Okay, here's the scenario. Simpson's 3-tiered … Continue reading Pretend Like You’re On the Jury: What Do You Decide?
Friends, This is God's timing. Just this morning, a podcast telling my story was released. After you hear Lina Abujamra's Hope Podcast Episode 5, you may wonder where things in the Simpson saga stand right now, today. So let me try to explain. Soon after I filed a lawsuit against Simpson University in October 2012, … Continue reading What Happened To Me At Simpson: Listen to Hope Podcast #5
Dear Friends, In this post-Christian, post- Hosanna-Tabor society a very important question emerges: Where does religious freedom begin and end for religious organizations and their employees? Do employees who work for ministries have any civil rights? Do their employment contracts count? Can they blatantly be lied about on corporate microphones? Can employees be discriminated against … Continue reading Third District Court in California Holds Religious Organizations Accountable For Employment Contracts, But Not …
Not all lawsuits are the same. Some are potshot attacks hurled by activists who plot against practicing Christians such as Jack Phillips who was minding his own business as a baker but found himself being targeted by the Colorado government on account of his integrity as a Christ follower. By contrast, other lawsuits are desperate … Continue reading How Could Anybody Sue A Christian School?
Let's go back to in time so you can see historically how things have evolved and why I believe that Simpson University's unaccountable board should be of great concern to every Christian. Simpson's broken board is embroiled in a lawsuit, and since I happen to be the plaintiff doing the suing, I have lots of … Continue reading Are Employment Contracts Real Contracts in Christian Organizations?
Current Situation (as of 9/13, 6 p.m.): 59,915 Acres 24% Contained 3,264 Personnel 17 Structures Destroyed 9/13 Evening Summary: Today, firefighters had success in constructing fireline directly along the fire's perimeter along the northern, western, and southern edges of the fire. Aircraft assisted with fire activity on the west side of Interstate 5. The fire passed … Continue reading I-5 closed again, but Fire is 24% Contained
Easter 2018 Dear WCCC Elders, WCA Board, Selected Ministry Leaders, and Bill Hybels: It is with heartache that I send you this letter. I was completely stunned when I read the recent article in the Chicago Tribune. I had no idea before then of any such allegations against Bill. The reason I’m writing you is … Continue reading Part 2: #Me Too Regarding Bill Hybels
I have a little mantra that I often say to my students and mentees: "Whatever we accept becomes acceptable." By this, I mean that we each get to choose where to draw the line with regard to what we say is okay. Then we vote with our actions--as well as our inactions--regarding what we are … Continue reading Whatever We Accept Becomes Acceptable
Part of the reason why I personally believed the women who blew the whistle on Bill Hybels is because of the way he conducted himself privately with me when I was a volunteer and staff member at Willow Creek (1989-1997). On the day Bill slipped his hand on me, I remember exactly what I was … Continue reading Part 1: #Me Too Regarding Bill Hybels
My Simpson saga has so many themes and aspects to it because Simpson's self-made demise is emblematic of the times in which we live. One of those themes pertains to how the mighty fall. Granted, Simpson University has never been mighty. But it has had $26m of government student loans mixed with tuition and grants … Continue reading Is Simpson Showing How the Mighty Fall?
Years ago in my MBA program when I took a Business Ethics course and wrote my term paper on the subject of whistleblowers, I learned that all whistleblowers, without exception, are harshly critiqued on account of the method they use to publicize their whistleblowing message. Whether the method of communication is a subdued internal message … Continue reading Is It Biblical To Go Public and Expose the Simpson Board?
Friends, I cannot imagine how extremely tired California firefighters yet must be. Although the Carr Fire is 100% contained, there are three more active fires near Redding: the Kerlin fire, the Hirz fire, and the Delta fire. Kerlin Fire is a relatively small wildfire west of Redding in the Trinity Mountains. It has burned about 1625 acres, … Continue reading New Fires Near Redding
Well, folks, I think it’s time for me to go public with regard to my experience with the deep dysfunction in the Simpson University board. Like the Willow Creek board, the Simpson board is subject only to itself and is therefore unaccountable for independent actions it takes. Granted, Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian … Continue reading It’s Time To Tell My Story — Page 1
Grace and peace to all who elect to join me in this new blog series on the subject of broken boards, that is, of broken governing boards of Christian churches and organizations. For almost twenty years I have been wanting to write a book on this huge subject. At last the time has come for … Continue reading Broken Boards Like Willow Creek’s
"But the wicked will perish, and the enemies of the Lord will be like the glory of the pastures. They vanish--like smoke, they vanish away." With 69% of the Carr fire contained, the smoke here in Redding is dissipating, vanishing away. Though it hovered over us so oppressively for never-ending hours of over-heated days, the … Continue reading Good-Bye Carr Fire
Dear Friends, The Carr fire has attracted the attention of President Trump who has approved the release of federal funding for victims of the Carr fire. Over the weekend, the Carr spewed out 18 more fires to the north. Soon the huge conflagration will catch up with them. You can count them yourself by looking … Continue reading White House Involvement Now
Dear Friends, CNN provides a jaw-dropping map of the Carr fire. They show how it grew from being small and west of Redding to outrageously flooding toward Redding as a huge sea of fire that tried to drown our city. If you watch the CNN site three or four times, which only takes a matter … Continue reading Oh My Gosh, Watch How the Fire Grew