Here are a couple of encouraging faith-related stories in the news this week.
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Minnesota school district engaged in “viewpoint discrimination” when it banned a Christian group from participating in its after school program.
Child Evangelism Fellowship had been holding after- school meetings at a local elementary school in Minneapolis for almost 10 years. A new district coordinator became concerned that the group was engaging in “prayer and proselytizing,” and they were kicked off campus.
The US Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision, stating “When the government targets a particular viewpoint taken by speakers on a general subject, the First Amendment is violated.”
So Child Evangelism Fellowship will be allowed to meet on the school grounds once again.
The president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA says its chapters on 576 college and university campuses are welcoming arriving students this semester.
Alec Hill says this generation of young people is largely open to spiritual conversations.
He says, “They love justice, they have a sense of community and they have a sense of the transcendent.”
InterVarsity offers them everything from concerts and community service projects to small group Bible studies and discussions.
If you have a son or daughter who is attending a state university or secular college campus this year, you might want to find out if Intervarsity has a chapter on their campus. Their website is intervarsity.org.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.