Religion Briefs

Jehovah’s Witnesses to meet in Farmington

Members of the local Durango-English Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as members of Aztec, Bloomfield, Chama, Cortez, Farmington, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs congregations, will attend a Special Assembly Day at 9:40 a.m. April 6 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington in Farmington.

The theme of the assembly will be “Safeguard Your Conscience,” based on 1 Timothy 1:19, which will be highlighted through Bible-based talks, discussions and experiences. The highlight will be the talk “Is Your Conscience Truly Guided by Bible Principles?” given by a representative of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Patterson, N.Y. The concluding talk will be “Follow Your Spirit-Directed Conscience.”

The public is invited to hear this and other Bible discourses prepared for youths, families and older people. Admission and parking will be free. No collections will be taken.

Montana parents sue over school assistance

HELENA, Mont. – Two Montana parents are suing the state schools superintendent over the agency’s refusal to provide tuition assistance for their daughter to attend a Christian preschool.

Eric and Kelsi Wilson filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday after an administrative hearing officer dismissed their complaint with the Office of Public Instruction.

Agency officials have cited federal regulations and a Montana Constitution clause that say education funds can’t be used for religious instruction or to aid church-run schools.

The Wilsons, backed by the conservative Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, say refusing to provide tuition assistance to attend a religious school is unconstitutional.

Herald Staff and Associated Press