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“Is Everyone in Adventist Education a Minister? Reflections on a Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision” – Brent Geraty

Date: March 31, 2012

Speaker: Dr. Brent Geraty

Position: General Counsel & Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, Andrews University

Topic: “Is Everyone in Adventist Education a Minister?  Reflections on a Recent U.S.

Supreme Court Decision”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance:  45

Presentation: Geraty explained the impact of court cases regarding clergy, but saw Hosanna-Taber Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC (2012) as the most important decision since this is the first time the Supreme Court has defined who a “minister” is: someone called a minister, whose duties reflect that of a minister, who considers him/herself a minister, & who plays a role in “conveying the Church’s message & carrying out its mission.”  By this definition SDA teachers are “ministers” because they “transmit faith to the next generation.”  To engage in discriminatory decision-making, even if shielded from legal action, would hurt SDA education & the Church.

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