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Thursday, February 6, 2014


February 2014

NAE Files Supreme Court Brief for Hobby Lobby, Conestoga
On behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, NAE Legal Counsel Carl Esbeck wrote and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court against the administration's mandate to cover contraception in company-offered health insurance plans even when doing so violates the religious beliefs of the owners. The case will be heard on March 25, with a decision expected in June.  (read the press release)

Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
The NAE and World Relief are deeply concerned about the situation in Syria, and together submitted a statement for the hearing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on Jan. 7. The statement was filed as written testimony for the record. (read the statement)

National Marriage Week USA
The annual campaign for churches across the country to collectively focus on fostering healthy marriages will take place February 7-14. Check out the calendar to see if there are events in your area. In a press release, National Marriage Week USA and NAE President Leith Anderson discussed how affordable weddings can help address delayed marriages.

Congratulations to Paul Vicalvi!
Paul Vicalvi is the NAE’s 2014 Centurion of the Year, which is an award for leaders who have exemplified commitment to the ministry of evangelical military chaplains. David Cyr, Executive Director of the NAE Chaplains Commission, said that Paul is “a shining star among military chaplains — well-educated, committed to long-standing service and a religious freedom advocate.” (read more)

Evangelical Chaplains Lay Wreath at Arlington
Members of the NAE Chaplains Commission laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Jan. 16. At the ceremony, chaplains honored their brothers and sisters in arms. (read the press release)

Member Spotlight: Wheaton College
Wheaton College is known and respected for holding to quality academics and deep faith for its 2,400 undergraduate students who come from over 55 denominations. Notable alumni include Billy Graham, Jim Elliot, Sen. Dan Coats, Dennis Hassert, Michael Gerson, John Piper and Rob Bell, among others. (learn more)

Article Spotlight:  Abortions Declining in U.S., Study Finds
The New York Times – The abortion rate among American women declined to its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011, according to a new report released Monday that is widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends. (read more)

Event Spotlight: Son of God Movie
An extension of The Bible Series, the Son of God movie proves to be a major motion picture event when it is released Feb. 28. NAE President Leith Anderson provided commentary on the story of Peter walking on water for a video teaser for the movie. (learn more)

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