A U.S. Federal Court magistrate found no evidence of misconduct in last year’s sale of Glorieta Baptist Conference Center to a Christian camping ministry. The judge’s 79-page document filed yesterday (Sept. 4) recommends dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit filed against LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention and its Executive Committee, and Glorieta 2.0, the ministry that bought Glorieta from LifeWay last September.
Until the end of November, customers can walk away from a LifeWay store with a Bible of their own and, for an added donation, ensure an individual thousands of miles away has one as well.
The Thomas Project is a joint venture with LifeWay Christian Stores, B&H Publishing and the International Mission Board to print and distribute at least 100,000 Bibles to the people of South Asia, many of whom do not have Scripture in their own language.
Ten years ago LifeWay Christian Resources published a Vacation Bible School curriculum they believed would introduce kids to Jesus using an Asian culture theme. But “Far Out Rickshaw Rally – Racing Towards the Son” became a lesson in cross-cultural miscommunication. Critics of the material said it promoted racial stereotypes.
Tuesday (Nov. 6), LifeWay president and CEO Thom S. Rainer apologized for Rickshaw Rally at the Mosaix conference in Long Beach, Calif., a gathering of about 1,000 multiethnic church leaders.
Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources approved including additional property in the sale of Glorieta Conference Center, elected a new technology vice president, and received an encouraging report from Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO.
“Significant changes have taken place at LifeWay over the last eight years,” Rainer told the trustees assembled at Ridgecrest Conference Center. “Had we not made these changes, LifeWay would be in serious trouble today.”
Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources have approved the sale of Glorieta Conference Center to a group dedicated to continue using the property as a Christian camp and conference center. The new non-profit corporation, called Glorieta 2.0, was formed and funded by a group of Christian businessmen and camping professionals.