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Reprieve for California’s Christian Colleges

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Thank you for your faithful prayer and action! We are pleased to report that SB 1146 has been amended into a less threatening bill, but the amended language is still problematic unless further amended.

What was removed? The most devastating portions that would have forced schools to abandon their Biblical tenets and pervasively Christian environments if they were to accept lower-income students using Cal Grants were removed. For example, schools would have been required to base accommodations such as restrooms, locker rooms and dorms on gender identity, rather than biological sex. They would have been forced to offer married housing to same-sex couples. They would have been subject to lawsuits by students who claimed they were discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We are grateful that these onerous provisions have been removed.

What’s left? The revised SB 1146 is now a series of requirements about disclosure to students and faculty. Generally, schools support full disclosure of their policies with regard to their Biblically-based curriculum and campus life, codes of student conduct and similar policies. Students applying to colleges and universities need to be fully informed as they are making their choices. Schools do not contest this. Some additional provisions were added in these most recent amendments that represent a greater reach by the state. The bill now requires schools to report to the California Student Aid Commission, in detail, the reasons for student expulsion and whether those students received Gal Grants. This is the primary area of concern, and we are praying that the author will accept additional amendments suggested by the schools to remove this portion and make some additional changes.

Our faith-based institutions of higher education support disclosure and student choice. But that choice should not be limited by the state, whether students have financial need or not. As a result of the amendments to SB 1146, for now that choice is still available.

But this is a reprieve – not a victory. We fully anticipate a similar bill to emerge as next year’s legislative session begins in January. We will be watching; we will continue to build a coalition of like-minded public policy groups, churches, faith-based organizations and individuals like you.

What happens now? SB 1146 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Comm. on August 11. It will now move to the Assembly floor. Amendments must be made by August 19. The bill must then pass the Assembly floor and then return to the Senate for a concurrence vote on the amendments. The last day to pass bills from either house is August 31. Then SB 1146, if passed, will go to Gov. Brown.

What can you do?

Keep asking your assembly member to oppose SB 1146 until additional amendments are confirmed.

Keep praying.

Keep educating those in your sphere of influence about the continuing threat to our religious freedom in general and our faith-based institutions in particular.

Keep talking to your pastors and church leaders so that they will create a plan NOW as to how they will help these fine institutions when the battle begins anew.

Thank you for your faithfulness in praying and acting on behalf of faith, family and freedom!

Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
s.director@california.cwfa.org

Carissa Campbell
Area Director
CWA of Northern California
ccampbell@jessup.edu

CWA of California’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program Back in Full Swing! Join Us!

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Dear CWA friends,

I wrote an alert a few months ago asking you to pray about our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program.  We needed a new coordinator to step in or the program would have had to fold.

Great news!  A sweet sister, Marlo Tucker, has stepped into this role.  She is so thrilled to take on this wonderful CWA ministry and has a precious heart to not only encourage and pray for our legislators but to also encourage YOU!  Here are a few words Marlo wanted me to share with you:

“This is such a deeply important time for our country and, on behalf of CWA and my own loved ones, we are ALL supremely grateful for your dedication to blessing our leaders and law-makers with prayer … beseeching the Lord to intervene with His grace and majesty … to protect our freedom and our families … as we deal with unprecedented tragedy, shifting views of correctness, volatile elections … the list goes on.

Just as you are committed to your local legislator, I am committed to you!  I will pray for your health, your circumstances, and your joy!”

Though CWA members and friends are regularly called upon to contact their legislators concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to simply pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy.  The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are prayed for regularly.

Click here to view flyer.  Please print and distribute liberally.

Are you interested in joining this wonderful program?   If so, please contact Marlo at Encourage@california.cwfa.org or by phone: 760-207-8518.

Have a great week!

Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
s.director@california.cwfa.org

Join Us in Sacramento to Save Our Christian Higher Ed!

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The California Legislature is back in session and SB 1146 is on the move. The bill was moved to the Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file without testimony on August 3. It will either be voted out of the committee or be permanently held in suspense on August 11. If the bill is held, it will die. If it’s voted out, SB 1146 could conceivably be on the Assembly floor as early as August 15!

Pray: This battle is against more than flesh and blood. Cry out to the Lord for hearts and minds to be changed. Ask Him to move our lawmakers to see the wonderful work our faith-based colleges and universities do for the students in our state and protect them from this threat. For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.  ~ Psalm 84:11

Act:
1) Join us at the Capitol! We will convene to lobby legislative offices at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11. Our friends at California Family Alliance (CFA) and a group of pastors are organizing this event. Please RSVP to Jonathan Keller at JonathanK@CaliforniaFamilyAlliance.org, so we know you are planning to join the effort and can give you the meeting location. (Note: There is another lobby day on Monday, August 8, if that date is better for you. Please indicate which day you will be at the Capitol in your e-mail to Jonathan.)
2) Please continue to contact the Assembly Appropriations members (see list below), asking politely that they oppose SB 1146 and allow our low-income students to follow their faith and attend the college of their choice.
3) Call your assembly member and ask him or her to oppose SB 1146. (Find your assembly member here.)
4) Share this e-mail and the website opposesb1146.com with others. The site was created by Biola University, one of the schools on the forefront of this battle. It contains action items, talking points and even a sample letter to help you.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Members:
Lorena S. Gonzalez, Chair (D-San Diego)         (916) 319-2080
Frank Bigelow, Vice Chair (R-Placerville)        (916) 319-2005
Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)                     (916) 319-2050
Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord)                            (916) 319-2014
Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)                                       (916) 319-2018
Ian C. Calderon (D-City of Industry)                (916) 319-2057
Ling Ling Chang (R-Brea)                                   (916) 319-2055
Tom Daly (D-Anaheim)                                       (916) 319-2069
Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton)        (916) 319-2013
James Gallagher (R-Chico)                                 (916) 319-2003
Eduardo Garcia (D-Imperial)                             (916) 319-2056
Chris R. Holden (D-Pasadena)                           (916) 319-2041
Brian W. Jones (R-Santee)                                  (916) 319-2071
Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia)                                (916) 319-2033
Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)                                       (916) 319-2020
Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)                      (916) 319-2053
Donald P. Wagner (R-Tustin)                            (916) 319-2068
Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego)                       (916) 319-2079
Jim Wood (D-Eureka)                                         (916) 319-2002

Background:

The most recent amendments to SB 1146 have clarified that the bill does, indeed, affect Cal Grants, limiting the choices of the state’s lower-income students – potentially some 25 percent of the student population at faith-based schools. Not only will students be unable to obtain their education at the schools they most desire, but also those very schools may not survive the drastic cut in enrollment.

To avoid losing Cal Grants students, schools would be forced to abandon many of their Biblical tenets, particularly in terms of student housing. Dorm, restroom, and locker room accommodations would be based on gender identity, rather than biological sex. Married housing would have to include same-sex couples.

Student life and the whole campus environment make faith-based institutions what they are and under current law there have been very few complaints. Students who prefer a different campus environment have hundreds of other schools in the state from which to choose. We are asking that freedom of choice be available for all Christian students who desire a pervasively Christian environment, too!

Other elements of the bill involve notification requirements, the majority of which are not of great concern. Students should know the type of school to which they are applying – and most campuses are already very open about their Biblical foundations.

Read more at opposesb1146.com.

Please forward this e-mail to like-minded California friends and family.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this dangerous bill!

Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
s.director@california.cwfa.org

Carissa Campbell
Area Director
CWA of Northern California
ccampbell@jessup.edu

SB 1146 Continues to Threaten Our Faith-Based Colleges … Act Now!

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The California Legislature is currently on its July recess. That makes now the perfect time to contact your assembly member and ask that he or she oppose SB 1146 when the Legislature reconvenes August 1.

SB 1146 (see the text here) has already passed the Senate and both of its Assembly policy committees. It will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on either August 3 or 10.

Pray: Ask the Lord to work in the heart of SB 1146’s author Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) so that he would understand that true diversity means that students should be free to use their Cal Grants at the college or university of their choice. Further that it means these fine institutions should continue to be free to follow their faith in all areas of curriculum, student life, housing, restrooms, locker rooms, and employment and more. Ask that he would be moved to withdraw the bill or amend it so that it no longer poses this existential threat. (This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Act: First, please call your assembly member and ask him or her to oppose SB 1146. (Find your assembly member here.)

Second, if your assembly member sits on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, your calls are particularly important! But anyone can call these members and ask for their opposition. Phone calls make a greater impact than e-mails, so please just make two or three calls a day for a few days over the next few days. The most you will be asked to provide is your name, your city (or ZIP code) and your position. You may even leave a message after hours. (See the list below.)

Finally, share this e-mail and the website opposesb1146.com with others. The site was created by Biola University, one of the schools on the forefront of this battle. It contains action items, talking points and even a sample letter to help you.

 Background:

The most recent amendments to SB 1146 have clarified that the bill does, indeed, affect Cal Grants, limiting the choices of the state’s lower-income students – potentially some 25 percent of the student population at faith-based schools. Not only will students be unable to obtain their education at the schools they most desire, but also those very schools may not survive the drastic cut in enrollment.

To avoid losing Cal Grants students, schools would be forced to abandon many of their Biblical tenets, particularly in terms of student housing. Dorm, restroom, and locker room accommodations would be based on gender identity, rather than biological sex. Married housing would have to include same-sex couples.

Student life and the whole campus environment make faith-based institutions what they are and under current law there have been very few complaints. Students who prefer a different campus environment have hundreds of other schools in the state from which to choose. We are asking that freedom of choice be available for all Christian students who desire a pervasively Christian environment, too!

Other elements of the bill involve notification requirements, the majority of which are not of great concern. Students should know the type of school to which they are applying – and most campuses are already very open about their Biblical foundations.

Read more at opposesb1146.com.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Members:

Lorena S. Gonzalez, Chair (D-San Diego)         (916) 319-2080

Frank Bigelow, Vice Chair (R-Placerville) (916) 319-2005

Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)                     (916) 319-2050

Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord)                           (916) 319-2014

Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)                                   (916) 319-2018

Ian C. Calderon (D-City of Industry)                 (916) 319-2057

Ling Ling Chang (R-Brea)                                (916) 319-2055

Tom Daly (D-Anaheim)                                    (916) 319-2069

Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton)         (916) 319-2013

James Gallagher (R-Chico)                              (916) 319-2003

Eduardo Garcia (D-Imperial)                            (916) 319-2056

Chris R. Holden (D-Pasadena)                         (916) 319-2041

Brian W. Jones (R-Santee)                                        (916) 319-2071

Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia)                             (916) 319-2033

Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)                                     (916) 319-2020

Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)                     (916) 319-2053

Donald P. Wagner (R-Tustin)                           (916) 319-2068

Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego)                       (916) 319-2079

Jim Wood (D-Eureka)                                      (916) 319-2002

Please pass this on to like-minded California friends and family.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this dangerous bill!

STOP SB 1146 – An Attack on California’s Christian Colleges – REVISED

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We are back with an urgent message about SB 1146. This threat to our faith-based colleges and universities in California passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee on June 21 and will now be heard in The Assembly Judiciary committee on Thursday, June 30.

SB 1146 strikes at the heart of our First Amendment-protected freedoms, pluralism, and basic institutional self-governance. If a faith-based school accepts Cal Grants, this bill would, among other things, ban that school from requiring moral conduct codes, and from incorporating their religious beliefs into the school’s curriculum, admissions and campus life. Christian institutions must be able to govern their campuses based on the tenets of their faith without interference by the government.

“Any system of education … which limits instruction to the arts and sciences and rejects the aids of religion informing the characters of its citizens, is essentially defective. … No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion
must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” ~Noah Webster, “Schoolmaster to America”

Please act:

The Assembly Judiciary Committee members need to hear from you before their hearing on June 30! They must vote “no” on SB 1146. Please feel free to use this sample letter from Biola University.

Find the committee members and their contact forms here to send a polite message asking them to oppose the bill. (The forms will only work for your own assembly member, so calls are suggested.)

Call as many committee members as you can and simply ask them to vote “no” at the hearing on Thursday:

Mark Stone, Chair – D-Santa Cruz – (916) 319-2029

Donald P. Wagner, Vice Chair – R-Irvine – (916) 319-2068

Luis A. Alejo – D-Salinas – (916) 319-2030

Ed Chau – D-Monterey Park – (916) 319-2049

David Chiu – D-San Francisco – (916) 319-2017

James Gallagher – R-Plumas Lake – (916) 319-2003

Cristina Garcia – D-Bell Gardens – (916) 319-2058

Chris R. Holden – D-Pasadena – (916) 319-2041

Brian Maienschein – R-San Diego – (916) 319-2077

Philip Y. Ting – D-San Francisco – (916) 319-2019

Forward this e-mail to like-minded California friends and family.

 Please pray for God to bring clarity to the minds of these legislators. That they will recognize, affirm, and protect the First Amendment rights of students and colleges.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this dangerous bill!

STOP SB 1146 – An Attack on California’s Christian Colleges

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SB 1146, a bill sponsored by Equality California and several LGBT groups, has passed the California Senate and is making its way through the Assembly.

SB 1146 strikes at the heart of our First Amendment-protected freedoms, pluralism, and basic institutional self-governance.  If a faith-based school accepts Cal Grants, this bill would, among other things, ban that school from requiring moral conduct codes, and from incorporating their religious beliefs into the school’s curriculum. Christian institutions must be able to govern their campuses based on the tenets of their faith without interference by the government.

“Any system of education … which limits instruction to the arts and sciences and rejects the aids of religion informing the characters of its citizens, is essentially defective.

… No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”

~Noah Webster, “Schoolmaster to America”

Please act:

  1. The Assembly Higher Education Committee members need to hear from you before their hearing on June 21!  They must vote “no” on SB 1146.  Please feel free to use this sample letter from Biola University.
  • Assembly Member Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair. (916) 319-2061; click here to e-mail.
  • Assembly Member Catharine Baker (R-Dublin), Vice Chair. (916) 319-2016; click here to e-mail.
  • Other committee members/ contact information can be found here.
  1. If you live in the Sacramento area, please attend the hearing on June 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 437.
  2. Forward this e-mail to like-minded California friends and family.

Please pray for God to bring clarity to the minds of these legislators.  That they will recognize, affirm, and protect the First Amendment rights of students and colleges.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this important bill!

Sincerely,

Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
s.director@california.cwfa.org
ca.cwfa.org

Open the Door to Credit for Religious Instruction in California Schools

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Please call your state senator to support Released Time Education.

This is a great opportunity to let parents and local school districts take at least a little bit of local control over their kids’ education.

Though school boards already allow students to spend additional time on “Released Time” studies, SB 1457 (Morrell-R, Rancho Cucamonga), Released Time Education Credit, would give school boards discretion to consider certain programs for elective credit toward a student’s high school graduation.  This can include religious instruction.  

We need you to immediately urge your state senator to vote in favor of SB 1457. It is expected to be voted on some time between May 5 and 9.

Please see our previous e-alert regarding this bill.

For more information on this legislation, visit www.letsgivehopetoourteens.org.

Pray this bill will pass the Senate floor.  Pray specifically for Sens. Wolk, Galgiani, Glazer, Leno, Hill, Jackson and De Leon to favor this bill.  Sen. Wolk has been very hostile toward this legislation.  Pray that the Lord will soften her heart.

“Learning is not attained by chance.  It must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” ~Abigail Adams

Act:

  • Call your state senator immediately and ask him/her to support SB 1457 when it comes to a vote on the senate floor.  Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her. If any of the following senators represent you, we need a special focus on them:

Lois Wolk, District 3, Napa/Vacaville
Cathleen Galgiani, District 5, Stockton
Steven Glazer, District 7, Walnut Creek
Mark Leno, District 11, San Francisco
Jerry Hill, District 13, San Mateo
Hannah-Beth Jackson, District 19, Santa Barbara
Kevin De Leon, District 24, Los Angeles

  • Forward this information to like-minded friends and family.

“To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Sincerely,

Patricia Del’Marmol
Area Director
CWA of Northern California
n.director@california.cwfa.org

Kori Peterson
Area Director
CWA of Southern California
s.director@california.cwfa.org

 

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California Education Bill Needs Your Support, Especially of Those in the Sacramento Area

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Though this is not a typical CWA issue, it is one that is very worthy of our support and that we have high hopes of winning with your help.

SB 1457, Released Time Education Credit, would enable school boards to allow students to spend additional time on “Released Time” studies.  This will, in turn, give school boards discretion to consider certain programs for elective credit toward a student’s high school graduation. This can include religious instruction.

This bill is a great opportunity to promote civility, wisdom, morality, truth, and love within a child’s education all while getting school credit.

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ~Abraham Lincoln

On March 30, this bill failed to come out of the Senate Education Committee on a tie vote of 4 to 4.  The author of the bill, Sen. Mike Morrell (R-District 23), had made some amendments that should satisfy the committee and that we find acceptable.  It is expected to go back to the Education Committee as early as the end of this week or sometime next week.  Click here for the status of the bill.

The Senate Education Committee members need to hear from you!

Now one member of the committee, Sen. Richard Pan (D-District 6 Sacramento), abstained from voting on SB 1457.  Though we are happy that he didn’t vote against this good bill, we know that he has the potential to vote for it based on his voting record on somewhat similar bills.  If you live in the Sacramento area, please make an extra effort to contact him.  He could be the one to make all the difference.

Please pray for God to move the heart of all the committee members, especially Sen. Pan as He does rivers of water. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” ~Proverbs 21:1, NASB

Please act:

  1. Call and/or e-mail or fax each member of the Senate Education Committee.  Remind them that studies reveal that in those districts that allow this program, student academics are much higher than in districts that do not promote this program.  Also, the drop-out rate is much lower as is the suicide rate.  Receiving credit for this release time will encourage more students to take advantage of the program. Encourage him to vote Yes on the bill. Click here for their name and contact information.  Respectfully make your case for them to vote in favor of SB 1457, Released Time Education Credit.
  1. If you live in the Sacramento area, please contact Sen. Richard Pan. In addition to the information in the previous paragraph, mention that you are aware that he abstained from voting and would like for him to vote in favor of SB 1457 when it returns to committee.  Be very kind and when calling thank the individual with whom you spoke.

E-mail: sd06.senate.ca.gov/contact/email

Phone: (916) 651-4006

Fax: (916) 651-6906

  1. Forward this e-mail on to like-minded California friends and family.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and action on this important bill!

A Great Ministry Opportunity Available Through CWA of California

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Have you heard of or been a part of our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program?  This is a fantastic program which gives the citizens of California an opportunity to pray for and encourage an assigned state legislator over the course of his/her public service in their current office.

Conservative or liberal, our legislators desperately need prayer.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions

and thanksgivings be made on behalf …of kings and all who are in authority,

so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” ~ 1 Timothy 1:1-2 (NASB)

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” ~James 5:16 (NKJV)

Though CWA members and friends are regularly called upon to contact their legislators concerning our core issues, the EAL program is designed to simply pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy.  The goal is to simply uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are regularly prayed for.

Currently we are looking for an EAL Director to oversee the program.  Could that person be you?

Here’s how the program works:

  1. A person signs up to be an Encourager.
  2. A packet is then sent to them containing: a bio of their assigned legislator, 12 postcards, and suggested quotes, prayers, Bible verses that can be shared with the legislator.
  3. On the 1st day of the month the Encourager receives an email reminder to send their postcard and to pray for their legislator.

Things to consider if you want to become our new EAL Director:

  1. This commitment requires approximately 3-4 hours per month.
  2. Every month postcards are sent to the Encouragers who need their supply replenished. (CWA covers the cost of printing and postage.)  About 100 Encouragers and legislators are currently part of the program.
  3. A monthly email is sent to remind Encouragers to send their postcards plus occasional messages to inspire and inspirit them.

If you believe that God might be asking you to step into the role of CWA of California EAL Director, please contact me at 858-829-6064 or s.director@california.cwfa.org.  I am happy to talk to you about it and answer any questions you may have.

Please join me in praying that God will provide someone to fill this unique role.

God bless you,

Kori Peterson
Southern California Area Director
CWA of California
P.O. Box 1351
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
858-829-6064
s.director@california.cwfa.org
ca.cwfa.org