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Major Free Exercise Case Before Supreme Court Tomorrow

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley to decide whether excluding churches from public grant program violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who replaced Justice Antonin Scalia, took the bench for the first time on Monday, and tomorrow he will be on the bench in time to participate in what could be a major case involving the Free Exercise of Religion.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which operates a preschool and daycare with a public playground, applied to a state grant program that helps nonprofits install recycled rubber playground surfaces. The church applied for the Missouri Scrap Tire Program in 2012 to replace the gravel surface of its playground to provide a safer and more accessible playground for children. However, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources rejected its application, citing a clause in Missouri’s state constitution that bars the use of state funds “directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion,” despite having ranked it fifth out of 44 submissions in a competition that resulted in 14 grants. The church sued in federal district court, arguing that its exclusion was a violation of free-exercise and equal-protection rights. The district court rejected Trinity Lutheran’s claims, ruling that to do otherwise would raise “antiestablishment concerns.”

At issue is whether the government can exclude a qualified church from a grant program that uses neutral criteria for approving awards solely because the applicant is a church? There is a split among the federal courts of appeal on this issue, which the High Court is expected to resolve.

Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief in the U. S. Supreme Court, on its own behalf and for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference-CONEL, to end discrimination against churches.

“If the government were permitted to discriminate against Trinity Lutheran Church in this case, then some would extend this case to allow the government to withhold police and fire protection, water and sewer service, or street and sidewalk maintenance,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The government could also disqualify religious hospitals from Medicare or Medicaid funds to treat patients. It is time to end discrimination against churches and Christian viewpoints,” said Staver.

Original articel can be read here: http://canadafreepress.com/article/major-free-exercise-case-before-supreme-court-tomorrow

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Protecting foreign aid shows our nation’s greatness

What do the Archbishop of New York, a group of Nashville singer/songwriters, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and this ordinary pastor here in Memphis all share in common? We, along with about 100 others, are using our voices to call on our congressional representatives to reject recent proposals put forward by President Trump in his budget blueprint. In particular, we are calling on Congress to protect the International Affairs budget.

Many might wonder why this matters. The rhetoric of “America First” has certainly been a hot topic in our national discourse over the past year.

The president’s proposed cuts to the International Affairs budget loses sight of the fact that foreign assistance, saves innocent lives, makes us safer, helps to create jobs here in America, and, most importantly, is fundamentally the right thing to do for the strongest, most successful country on earth.

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., and meet with some of the members of our Tennessee congressional delegation. I went because my Christian faith compels me to speak up for the people of our planet who are not as lucky as we are to live here. I have a moral obligation to speak up for the poor, hungry, vulnerable, and displaced men, women, and children of our world who are supported through the International Affairs budget.

This piece of our government’s monetary pie accounts for less than 1 percent our overall spending. To cut that slice smaller, particularly when it deals with programs that help alleviate the suffering of millions, is a step in the wrong direction.

In recent years we have seen the number of people on our planet living in extreme poverty cut in half. The International Affairs portion of the federal budget helps make this happen. Additionally, it provides vital resources to help stop the spread of diseases like HIV and AIDS as well as Ebola. There are real consequences that come from drastic reductions in funding for this kind of work. Human rights are undermined. Religious freedom is threatened.

As a nation, does that make us look better or worse in the eyes of the world? More importantly, how does that make us look in the eyes of our Creator?

Our nation’s budget reflects our nation’s character. The food we share with the hungry, the medicine we offer to those who are sick, and the hand we extend to the ones trying to climb out of poverty: these are all expressions of our character and values.

As a pastor in our community committed to promoting the common good, I hope we will call on our congressional leaders to do what is right for our nation, our international neighbors, and our souls. There isn’t a faith tradition practiced here that says anything other than to speak up for the poor, the stranger, and the dignity of every human being.

Join me in asking our elected leaders to do what is right. Revise the budget blueprint the president has proposed. Protect the International Affairs budget. Speak up for the most vulnerable people on the planet. In doing this we have the opportunity to reflect our highest values as citizens of a nation that is truly great.

Dr. Stephen Cook is the Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Memphis.

Original post can be read here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/opinion/2017/04/19/protecting-foreign-aid-shows-our-nations-greatness/100618328/

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SENATE CONFIRMS DAVID FRIEDMAN AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL

Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition congratulates David Friedman on his Senate Confirmation as Ambassador to Israel.

Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) helped secure David M. Friedman’s confirmation as Ambassador to Israel, making him the first of President Trump’s selected foreign emissaries to take his post.

Many anti-Israel organizations pressured the Senate to defeat Friedman’s nomination. Ambassador Friedman earned the support of 52-to-46 of the Senate including two Democratic Senators, Sens. Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.).

In mid-January, NHCLC/HILC Leadership gathered twenty of its national leaders with leadership from Christians United for Israel for an emergency Washington Summit to lobby in support of Friedman’s nomination.

On January 31, 2017, HILC hosted more than 70 Evangelical heads of major evangelical organizations in Washington D.C. to meet with David Friedman and to mobilize the grass root effort for his support.

Additionally, we launched Action Alerts to encourage phone calls and e-mails to Senators.

Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, posted his congratulations on Twitter, saying he was “looking forward to working closely with you to make the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”

Netanyahu tweeted, “New US ambassador to Israel David Friedman will be warmly welcomed as President Trump’s representative and as a close friend of Israel.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition is a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC/CONEL) is the largest pro-Israel International Latino Christian organization in America and in the world. HILC’s mission is to engage, empower, and equip the Latino Christian evangelical community in full support of Israel and the Jewish community around the world. http://www.hispanicisraelcoalition.org ​​​​​​​

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Secretary DeVos should make the education of minority children her No. 1 priority

Dr. Andrea Ramirez, Executive Director of the NHCLC’s Faith and Education Coalition, encourages Secretary DeVos to ensure that marginalized children are the Department of Education’s highest priority. #FoxNews #NHCLC #FaithandEducation [READ ARTICLE HERE:http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/18/secretary-devos-should-make-education-minority-children-her-no-1-priority.html ]

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Christian leaders ask Congress to reject Trump’s foreign aid cuts

More than 100 Christian leaders, including 2017 inauguration speakers Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, are calling on Congress not to support cuts in President Trump’s budget to America’s foreign assistance programs that they argue make up less than 1 percent of the federal budget.

“It is our moral responsibility to urge you to support and protect the international affairs budget,” the faith leaders wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders. “… We cannot turn our backs on those in desperate need.”

Trump’s budget calls for cutting the budgets at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by 28 percent, down from 37 percent from a draft version of the budget the Trump administration released last month.

The budget proposal is only a blueprint with no enforcement mechanism. But it still amounts to a first shot in Trump’s battle with Congress over spending priorities.

The Christian leaders signing the letter to House and Senate leaders represent the Catholic and evangelical communities, including priests, pastors, heads of faith organizations, recording artists and authors. Dolan, a Catholic cardinal and archbishop of New York, opened Trump’s inauguration with a prayer. Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, read from the Sermon on the Mount at the inauguration.

With the budget process moving to Capitol Hill, the leaders stressed that the United States must remain that “shining city on a hill” that “brings hope to poor, hungry, [and] vulnerable.”

“America is blessed with fertile land, abundant natural resources, a strong economy and faithful citizens who value religious freedom,” they wrote. “But beyond our borders, many countries experience unparalleled suffering and loss of life due to extreme poverty, disease, natural disasters and conflict.”

The leaders pointed to the 65 million people who have been displaced worldwide, the most since World War II, in addition to the 795 million people in poverty across the globe who “go to bed hungry every night.”

The group sent the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Others who signed the letter include: Leith Anderson, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Rich Stearns, president of World Vision USA; Bishop Gregory Mansour, chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services; Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, a prominent Christian singer/songwriter team; Dr. George O. Wood, the general superintendent of Assemblies of God; Dr. Ronnie Floyd, immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Jonathan Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity.

Original post can be read here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/christian-leaders-ask-congress-to-reject-trumps-foreign-aid-cuts/article/2617557

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More than 1,000 pray for Fresno’s elected, appointed leaders in annual prayer breakfast

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, serves as keynote speaker.

More than 1,000 people gathered at the Fresno Convention Center Tuesday for the annual Fresno-Clovis Prayer Breakfast.

They expressed thanks for the blessings the region has enjoyed and prayed for elected and appointed leaders, such as Mayors Lee Brand (Fresno) and Bob Whalen (Clovis), county Supervisor Brian Pacheco and county schools Superintendent Jim Yovino. Also invited were Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer and Matt Basgall, Clovis police chief.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, was the keynote speaker. The conference is the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, representing more than 40,000 churches.

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A discussion on the challenges facing Hispanic education today

A Q&A with David Park of Learning Heroes: parents are the key to education

Last week, during President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, he declared education to be “the civil rights issues of our time,” echoing similar statements by past Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. I couldn’t agree more.

Hispanics and other minorities comprise a growing proportion of the student population in America, and yet their test scores continue to lag dangerously behind white counterparts. As such, education equality is the frontline of the battle for America’s future. That’s why this week I want to highlight the incredible work of David Park of Learning Heroes, to get his perspective on this critical issue. My hope is that his insights will give parents practical tools they can use to help ensure their child’s success in the classroom.

SR: What do you see as the greatest challenges in education today?

DP: There are certainly challenges in education, but there are also tremendous opportunities – so let’s start there. We know from our national survey, Parents 2016, that K-8 parents and guardians have high aspirations for their children. 83% of African American parents and 90% of Hispanic parents believe that a two- or four-year college degree is very important.
A big challenge, however, is that too many young people are still unprepared for success after high school. In fact, 60% of first-year college students need to take remedial courses to help them catch up to a college level. Research also shows that parents play a critical role in their child’s academic progress – and that’s where Learning Heroes comes in.

SR: How does Learning Heroes help parents to get involved?

DP: At Learning Heroes, our number one goal is to equip parents with information, resources, and simple actions to take to support their children’s success. According to a RAND study, families may have four-to-eight times more impact on student achievement than teachers (and teachers are obviously incredibly important). But many parents need some help identifying what they can do to best support their child in school.

The first step for parents is to understand where your child excels and where he or she needs additional support. As a group, 87% of Hispanic parents believe their child is at or above grade level in math (NAEP scores tell us reality is 26%); and 84% in reading (reality is 21%).

SR: How can parents get a more accurate picture of their child’s academic achievement?

DP: Together, teacher feedback, grades, parent observations, and the upcoming annual state test results can give parents a good picture of whether their child is performing at grade level and whether he or she will be prepared for success next year. Our website, BeALearningHero.org features tools and resources in English and Spanish from trusted organizations all in one place – organizations such as Scholastic, National PTA, GreatSchools and others.

SR: After so many states adopted new standards, how are we now testing students?

DP: The Common Core debate has left a lot of parents confused about testing standards. The bottom line is that each state must measure every child’s progress in reading and math in grades 3-8 and at least once during grades 10-12.

SR: Why is the annual state test so important?

DP: Annual state test results help parents understand how prepared their child will be for the next grade. Combined with grades and classroom work, the state test can help a parent know how well their child is meeting grade level expectations in math and English Language Arts.

SR: What are some tips for parents as they help their children get ready for the annual state test?

DP: Parents can help reduce anxiety and uncertainty by checking out sample test questions or even reviewing a practice test, all of which are available at our website. We’ve also created an online guide, “Ready for the Test,” which is available in English and Spanish. “Ready for the Test” includes lots of other state specific information and tips – from looking at last year’s test results, to talking to the teacher about the test, tackling test nerves and more.

SR: What are some other Learning Heroes resources in English and Spanish? How have you seen these strategies benefit both children and parents?

DP: Most of our resources are available in both English and Spanish. A good example of a helpful English/Spanish resource is our Readiness Roadmap, which was developed in partnership with Univision and National PTA. The Readiness Roadmap is a guide that helps parents understand each stage of their child’s development—from what children are expected to know each grade year and how parents can support social, emotional and academic learning at home, to starting the college planning process and more.

Based on an initial study conducted earlier this year and from what we’ve seen in communities where we’re working, we know that the strategy of meeting parents where they are and providing them with actionable resources is having a very significant and positive impact in terms of parent knowledge, skills and actions on behalf of their child’s academic success. The fact of the matter is, parents are the key and the data supports this. That’s why Learning Heroes exists, to help parents help their children succeed.

Faith and Education Coalition is an initiative of the National Hispanic Christian Leaders Conference (NHCLC), with 2,568 members representing almost 3,000 local churches in 44 states.

Original article can be read here: http://www.univision.com/univision-news/opinion/a-discussion-on-the-challenges-facing-hispanic-education-today

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Los padres son la clave de la educación

La semana pasada, durante su discurso ante la sesión conjunta del Congreso, el presidente Donald Trump declaró que la educación es “el tema de los derechos civiles de nuestro tiempo,” haciendo eco a declaraciones similares emitidas por los presidentes anteriores, Barack Obama y George W. Bush. Sobre este tema, yo no podría estar más de acuerdo.

Los hispanos y otras minorías son una proporción creciente de la población de estudiantes en Estados Unidos, sin embargo sus resultados académicos siguen siendo peligrosamente inferiores a los de sus compañeros blancos. Como tal, la equidad educativa es la línea del frente en la batalla para el futuro de Estados Unidos. Por esta razón, esta semana quiero resaltar el increíble trabajo de David Park, de Héroes de Aprendizaje, para conocer su perspectiva sobre este tema tan crítico. Mi esperanza es que sus ideas provean herramientas prácticas a los padres para que puedan asegurar el éxito de sus hijos en el salón de clase.

David, ¿cuál crees que es el desafío más grande en la educación hoy en día?
Ciertamente hay desafíos en la educación, pero también hay tremendas oportunidades, así que empecemos por allí. Sabemos por nuestra encuesta nacional Parents 2016 que los padres de estudiantes K-8 tienen altas aspiraciones para sus hijos. Un 83% de los padres Afro-Americanos y un 90% de los padres hispanos creen que una licenciatura en un colegio de dos o cuatro años es muy importante para ellos.

Pero, un gran desafío es que muchos jóvenes no están preparados para la educación superior. De hecho, el 60% de los estudiantes universitarios tienen que tomar cursos correctivos en su primer año para poder llegar al nivel básico de aprendizaje en la universidad. Las investigaciones nos dicen que los padres tienen un rol critico en el progreso académico de sus hijos, y es allí dónde Héroes de Aprendizaje les puede ayudar.

¿Cómo ayuda Héroes de Aprendizaje a los padres para que se involucren en el proceso de aprendizaje?
En Héroes de Aprendizaje, nuestra meta número uno es equipar a los padres con información, recursos y acciones sencillas para que ellos puedan apoyar bien a sus hijos. Según un estudio de RAND, la familia puede tener cuatro a ocho veces más impacto sobre el desempeño académico del estudiante que los maestros (y por supuesto los maestros son muy importantes). Pero muchas veces los padres necesitan ayuda para identificar lo que pueden hacer para apoyar a su hijo o hija en la escuela.

El primer paso que los padres deben dar es entender las áreas donde su hijo o hija sobresale y las áreas donde necesita ayuda. Como grupo, el 87% de los padres hispanos creen que su hijo está al nivel adecuado o más arriba en matemática (pero los resultados de NAEP nos dicen que en realidad solo el 26% de los estudiantes hispanos son competente en matemática). El 84% de padres también creen que sus hijos son están a un nivel alto en lectura (pero en realidad solo 21% son competentes).

¿Cómo pueden los padres tener una mejor idea de los logros académicos de sus hijos?
Como un solo paquete, las reflexiones del maestro, las calificaciones, las observaciones de los padres y los resultados de los exámenes anuales estatales pintan un panorama del estado académico de sus hijos. También ayudan a clarificar si él o ella está al nivel adecuado para su grado y si estará preparado(a) para el año que viene. Nuestro sitio web, BeALearningHero.org provee herramientas y recursos en inglés y en español, en un solo lugar, de organizaciones en las cuales podemos confiar, como Scholastic, National PTA, GreatSchools, entre otras.

Después de que muchos estados adoptaron nuevos estándares académicos, ¿cómo estamos evaluando ahora a los estudiantes?
El debate sobre el “Common Core” ha dejado a muchos padres confundidos sobre los estándares para los exámenes. La conclusión es que cada estado debe medir el progreso de cada niño en lectura y matemáticas en los grados 3-8 y por lo menos una vez durante los grados 10-12.

¿Por qué es tan importante el examen estatal?
Los resultados de los exámenes estatales ayudan a los padres a entender qué tan preparados están sus hijos para el siguiente año escolar. Combinada con las calificaciones y el trabajo de salón, la prueba estatal puede ayudar a los padres a saber qué tan bien está cumpliendo su hijo con las expectativas de su grado en matemáticas y artes del lenguaje inglés.

¿Qué consejo le puede dar a los padres mientras ayudan a sus hijos a prepararse para los exámenes estatales?
Los padres pueden ayudar a reducir el estrés y la incertidumbre por medio de pasos simples, como revisar con ellos las preguntas de exámenes modelo. Aún más, ellos pueden practicar con un examen disponible en nuestro sitio web. También hemos creado una guía en línea, “Prepárate para el Examen,” la cual está disponible en inglés y español. “Prepárate para el Examen” incluye mucha información específica por estado y una variedad de consejos –desde cómo entender los resultados de las pruebas del año anterior, cómo hablar con el maestro sobre el examen, cómo enfrentar los nervios y mucho más–.

¿Cuáles son algunos otros recursos de Héroes de Aprendizaje en inglés y español? ¿Cómo han visto que estas estrategias hayan beneficiado a los estudiantes y a los padres?

Muchos de nuestros recursos están disponibles en inglés y en español. Un buen ejemplo de un recurso en inglés/español es “Ruta al Futuro” que fue desarrollado en asociación con Univision y el National PTA. La “Ruta al Futuro” es una guía que ayuda a los padres a entender cada temporada del desarrollo de su hijo –desde qué debe saber un niño cada año escolar y cómo pueden los padres dar apoyo social, emocional y académico en casa, hasta como iniciar el proceso de planificación para el college–.

Basándonos en un estudio preliminar realizado a principios de este año y de lo que hemos visto en las comunidades en las que estamos trabajando, sabemos que una estrategia que busca a los padres donde están y les proporciona recursos tiene un impacto muy positivo en términos de incrementar el conocimiento, habilidades y acciones de los padres para que ellos ayuden al desarrollo académico de sus hijos. La realidad es que los padres son la clave, y los datos apoyan esto. Es por eso que Héroes de Aprendizaje existe, para que padres puedan ayudar a sus hijos a tener éxito.

La Coalición de Fe y Educación es una iniciativa de la Conferencia Nacional de Líderes Hispanos Cristianos. Con 2,568 miembros que representan casi 3,000 iglesias en 44 estados, la Coalición de Fe y Educación aboga por la igualdad y la alta calidad de la educación para todos los estudiantes en Estados Unidos.

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Original article can be read here: http://www.univision.com/noticias/opinion/los-padres-son-la-clave-de-la-educacion

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NHCLC Immigration Attorney, Jessica Dominguez, recognized by “People Magazine” en Español

People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women 2017

JESSICA DOMINGUEZ: Guiding and defending immigrants is the work of this Peruvian lawyer, whom we see on Despierta America (Univision). “One of my missions is to educate the Latino community about their rights and how to exercise them,” she says. [READ ARTICLE HERE: http://peopleenespanol.com/chica/people-en-espanol-25-most-powerful-women-2017/jessica-dominguez/ ]

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“The Shack” Movie Premiere Night For Fans

 

“The Shack”, based on Wm. Paul Young’s New York Times best-selling book, opens in theatres nationwide on Friday, March 3rd. To celebrate the new film, the studio is offering fans an exclusive in-theatre experience, called ‘Movie Premiere Night.’ Taking place on Thursday night, March 2nd, moviegoers in cities around the country, will be the first to see “The Shack” in theatres, followed by a 20-minute video hosted by radio personality Delilah that features interviews with the movie’s cast, including Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, The Help); Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), an acoustic performance by chart topping country duo Dan + Shay, and a conversation between Delilah and Wm. Paul Young. Hundreds of ‘Movie Premiere Night’ events will take place in major cities around the U.S. to kick off opening weekend, and many churches are buying out theaters.

Produced by world class filmmaker Gil Netter (Life of Pi and The Blind Side), “The Shack” trailer has been viewed by over 27 million people on Facebook alone.

“Premiere night is the perfect opportunity as a church to receive the message of ‘The Shack’ and then shepherd the message of forgiveness, love of God and healing to our communities,” said Pastor Sam Rodriguez, president of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. “If you’ve ever been through something in life and asked God why, this message is for you.”

“Our prayerful and financial support of events like ‘The Shack’ premiere night help to ensure that God’s message is heard to the ends of the earth,” said Maureen Crowley Heil of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Archdiocese of Boston.

“People are REALLY excited about this movie,” said Paul Lauer, CEO & President at Motive Entertainment, which has been conducting leader screenings of ‘The Shack’ nationwide. “We are seeing amazing support from faith leaders of all denominations – in fact, over 1,300 endorsements can be seen at theshackendorsements.com. ‘The Shack’ connects with people no matter where they are in their faith-including those with no faith.”
What People Are Saying About “The Shack”:

“‘The Shack’ is a gift.”
– Dr. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple, Baltimore

“Far beyond a Movie… Inspiring, Heartfelt, Meaningful.”
– Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV/Radio Host

“Absolutely beautiful!”
– The Crouch Family, TBN

“I want to KNOW God like that! Powerful.”
– Chip Gaines, Host of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

“Will move your heart and challenge your soul!”
– Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

“Hollywood finally got it right! ”
– Bishop IV Hilliard, Houston TX

“Deeply moving and inspiring.”
– Joel Houston, Hillsong United

“An amazing piece of work.”
– Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press

“This film will surprise people. Its power comes from the simplicity and genuineness of the story.”
– Jeff Nesbit, US News and World Report

“A cinematic poem!”
– Sr. Rose Pacatte, Pauline Center for Media Studies

“There has never been a film that has captured these questions better.”
– Pastor Sam Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition

“Profound and creative.”
– Dick Rolfe, Co-Founder & CEO of The Dove Foundation

“It was incredible.”
– Michael W. Smith, Grammy-Award Winning, Platinum-selling music artist

“Has the power to heal pain and renew faith unlike anything I have ever experienced.”
– Tom Tradup, Salem Radio Network

“An amazing production.”
– Geoff Tunnicliffe, Former Head of World Evangelical Alliance

“The film will do a lot to point a world desperately looking for answers to a God who loves and cares.”
– Bob Waliszewski, Plugged In (Focus on the Family)

Original post can be read here: http://www.thechristianbeat.org/index.php/news/3204-the-shack-movie-premiere-night-for-fans

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