Bakersfield, CA--A court has rejected the latest attempt by a homeowners’ association to shield itself from punitive damages for shutting down Bible studies and a Sunday worship service.
Like many retirement communities, Solera at Kern Canyon has a central clubhouse and recreation facilities where numerous interest groups like book clubs and water aerobics meet. About ten years ago, several members of the community began meeting together on Tuesday mornings for a men’s Bible study. Two different women’s Bible studies were later formed. In 2014, some of the men felt a need to serve physically challenged residents who have difficulty leaving the community by offering informal worship on Sundays. The Sunday services quickly became the best attended weekly event held at the clubhouse. Participants come from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds, and it is not a formal church. Unlike most churches, no offering is taken, and the retired pastor who does most of the preaching does not receive a salary. (MORE)
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