Report from the Simpson University Faculty regarding the termination of Dr. Sarah Sumner … Continue reading Official Faculty Report from Simpson University
Dear Friends, A couple of nights ago my husband met a Simpson board member at Bible Study Fellowship for men. What Providence for the two of them to meet! My husband Jim said it was wonderful that he and the board member related to each other as brothers in the Lord in that venue. We … Continue reading When Broken Boards Are Made of Nice People
Dear Friends, I just read the Christianity Today article about the G2 Summit of Friday December 13, 2018 hosted by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College (my alma mater) on the timely topic: Responding to Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Violence. It was the first interdenominational gathering to address the problem of abusive power figures … Continue reading The G2 Summit Helped Me Say #MeToo
Dear Friends, Before I tell this portion of the story, I want to reiterate that my intention here is to share in an interesting, educational, motivating way that prompts revival. My desire is to see Christian higher education model what it means to act Christianly. I also want to say that I support the First Amendment. … Continue reading The Breakdown of Religion in a Religious Corporation
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 stand in the Simpson saga right now, today. So let me try to explain. Most private colleges and universities in America were founded as Christian institutions. … 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 be lied about -- with impunity -- on corporate microphones? Can ministers … Continue reading 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, a Colorado baker who was minding his own business, found himself being targeted by the Colorado government on account of his Christian belief in traditional marriage. By contrast, other lawsuits are legitimate cries … Continue reading How Could Anybody Sue A Christian School?
What do you think? Should employment contracts count as legally viable contracts in Christian organizations? Would you want to sign a contract to work at a Christian ministry and then later be told, "Oh, this written contract only serves to say that you, as an employee, have to abide by its elaborate terms. This document called a … Continue reading Can a Christian Institution Take God’s Name in Vain?
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
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). You can read in my other post that on my first day on-the-job at Willow … Continue reading Part 1: #Me Too Regarding Bill Hybels
My Simpson saga (my plight in doing everything I can to get Simpson University right on mission) has so many themes and aspects to it because Simpson's self-made, slow demise is emblematic of the times in which we live. We are bearing witness to the tragic demise of higher education in America. Christian schools, like … Continue reading 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?
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 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 me … Continue reading Broken Boards Like Willow Creek’s