Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

Wheaton HHS lawsuit dismissed

Religion
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/27/12, 08:27 pm

A last minute policy change absolving a Christian college from fines has enabled the federal government to avoid another legal challenge to its mandate for contraception coverage.

On Friday, a federal judge in Washington D.C. dismissed a suit brought by Wheaton College against the government. The judge ruled the evangelical school in Illinois no longer had grounds to challenge the requirement that it cover contraceptive and abortifacient drugs under student and faculty health insurance policies.

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Vanderbilt squeeze

Back to School | Christian ministries plan their futures under university's new policy against religious groups
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/10/12, 04:08 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Twenty graduate students sat in Tish Warren's living room in May 2011. Finished with final exams, they had gathered, bleary-eyed, for the annual Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) end-of-year party. Normally, they spent the gathering reminiscing about the previous semester and listening to new graduates talk about their future plans. But as Warren, 33, cleaned up after dinner and listened to the conversation from the other room, she detected worry rather than relief.

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Campus divide

Religion | A controversial new requirement that religious ministries affirm a nondiscrimination policy has Vanderbilt groups split over what's at stake
by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/12, 04:29 am

NASHVILLE-At dusk on the first Sunday after Easter, a small procession led by 10 white-robed men filed slowly out of Vanderbilt University's Benton Chapel, the school's interfaith worship space. The leader held high a crucifix. Someone behind him rang bells. A heavy and bitter coil of incense smoke rolled over the rest of the column.

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