Legal matters: Adapting to Jehovah's Witnesses
I want to thank you for the large number of replies to my query and for the
direction they provided.
1. Speak with the family in regard to their expectations and beliefs
in terms of textual expression. The J.W. belief system has basic tenents
but some issues may be a matter of personal conscience.
2. Music that speaks of Christ or the celebation of Christmas even in a
secular fashion is generally problematic. Also, works that come from a
particular relgious tradition; for example, "Dona nobis pacem" due to its
Roman Catholic origins.
3. Rehearsal as well as performance of said works are both problematic.
4. Alternate activities may need to be employed to keep the student
involved during rehearsal periods of questionable repertoire.
5. Uniform concert attire does not seem to be a problem.
I spoke with the student's family and found them to be most helpful in
detailing their concerns and desires. Further, they did not expect that the
repertoire would be altered to meet the needs of their child.
The family also asked if it would be helpful if their daughter would
withdraw from choir for the fall semester and re-enter in the spring. I had
suggested that we should try to keep her in class and that any other
decision would be premature. I stressed to the family that I would endeavor
to keep her involved in the work of the program so that she would feel that
she was making a contribution and "earning" her grade.
I am certain that we will ecounter new challenges in this matter but at
present, feel that we have arrived at an equitable solution.
Lastly, inquiries by other students as to the varied curriculum and
seemingly special treatment of the young woman will be addressed privately
so as to protect her privacy.
Thank you again for your assistance.
Dana W. Taylor