Episode 181

Jewish University’s Court Battle, Feeding First Responders, Queen’s Legacy

Sep 13, 2022

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order Friday that stayed a New York court’s requirement that the country’s oldest Jewish university officially recognize a gay and transgender group. The early morning hours of the second Monday in September have been set aside for community outreach over the last decade at Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green. The Iron Men, the church’s men’s ministry, roll out of bed long before the rooster crows to prepare a feast for local first responders as well as local men and women who are distributing Bibles to students at Western Kentucky University. And, she was crowned ‘defender of the faith and supreme governor of the church of England,’ but Queen Elizabeth II’s public ownership of her faith extended beyond the official descriptor.

Transcript

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order Friday that stayed a New York court’s requirement that the country’s oldest Jewish university officially recognize a gay and transgender group.

The order blocked enforcement of a judicial mandate that Yeshiva University must grant official recognition to the YU Pride Alliance. The stay of the lower-court action will remain in effect until Sotomayor or the full Supreme Court decide otherwise, she said in her brief order.

Yeshiva University, a 136-year-old institution in New York City, had filed an emergency application with the justices requesting a stay of the lower-court order while the case is under consideration.

Yeshiva University, which has more than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses, says education at the school is based on five Torah values – truth, life, infinite human worth, compassion and redemption. Torah refers to Jewish instruction, specifically that of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.
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The early morning hours of the second Monday in September have been set aside for community outreach over the last decade at Forest Park Baptist Church in Bowling Green. The Iron Men, the church’s men’s ministry, roll out of bed long before the rooster crows to prepare a feast for local first responders as well as local men and women who are distributing Bibles to students at Western Kentucky University (WKU).

Daniel says COVID caused them to scale back the event. Now, they deliver breakfast to the different stations where first responders await the call to help those in need.

The interaction with the first responders has generated an ongoing relationship that has extended to the community around the church, Daniel said.
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She was crowned ‘defender of the faith and supreme governor of the church of England,’ but Queen Elizabeth II’s public ownership of her faith extended beyond the official descriptor.

Ashlyn Portero, director of groups and partnerships at Redeemer Queen’s Park church about 10 miles from Buckingham Palace, appreciates the late Queen’s public witness and legacy.

Formerly executive director of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., Portero transitioned in March to Redeemer Queen’s Park, a church plant supported by City Church and led by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate Thomas West.

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