MCC officials decided to end the school's nearly 40-year-old tradition of allowing a benediction and invocation, during the pinning ceremony for nursing school students. Velta Soto, a graduation students and speaker at the ceremony contacted ADF in order to protect her constitutional rights.
A Gordon College associate professor of social work with an advanced degree in theology applied for promotion to full professorship, but her application was declined in 2016 because her performance fell short of the college’s expectations for faculty scholarship and institutional service. She also revealed that she no longer agrees with significant religious beliefs in the college’s covenantal documents that she had to reaffirm every year of her employment. Nonetheless, she filed suit over the college’s decision.