IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dear Friends of The Venue,
We want to respond to some of the comments you may have heard recently about a request for public records on all correspondence between The Venue and Seminole and Orange County School Districts. This request was made by an organization called The Freedom from Religion Foundation, an organization committed to removing God from the public square. A copy of their request to the school board can be found here, and comes from a wider press release that they published that can be found here.
The goal of The Venue has always been to support the school district's mission to “ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to be successful in life”. We have worked very hard to support this mission within legal, ethical and appropriate boundaries. Prior to the launch of The Venue, counsel was sought and received from the Alliance Defending Freedom ( http://www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org/ ) and we have and will continue to seek such counsel as we move forward. We have reached out to the lawyers within both Orange and Seminole County School districts to offer them our full transparency and support.
Our best response to this situation is to continue loving, to continue caring, and to continue asking God to use our lives to make a difference in this hurting world. We believe it is marginalizing God from the public square that has contributed to many of the societal ills that The Venue is seeking to lovingly address today. This challenge provides us with a reminder to be the kind of people that dispense huge amounts of love into our schools and communities.
We can’t wait to see you at one of our campuses this Sunday! Please bring a friend with you.
Thank you for your support,
Pastors Todd, Brian and Andy
& The Venue Leadership Launch Team