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RE:  (Name of Church Member)

Dear __________________:

A most important problem has been weighing heavily upon my mind, and since it concerns my work situation, I now formally bring it to you by letter.  I think you know how greatly I appreciate my work with (name of company).

Recently I became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (or:  I am studying to become a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church) and from a sincere religious conviction have begun to observe the Sabbath, which we keep, according to the Bible, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.  It would now be a violation of my deeply held, sincere religious convictions to work during Sabbath hours.  Therefore, I respectfully request that you make an accommodation of my religious belief and practice in harmony with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

I do not request to have the Sabbath off in order to have an extra day at home to catch up on odd jobs or to engage in recreation.  All secular activities -- shopping, sports, entertainment, and employment -- are laid aside.  The Sabbath is sacred to me, and I now devote these hours to God.  I asked my pastor to write to affirm the credibility of my new religious beliefs and experience.

I would like to suggest that an accommodation could be made by flexible scheduling for those times when it would fall my turn to work on Friday nights or Saturdays to other days of the week that do not pose a problem to me.  Please understand that I am willing to work Fridays until sunset, Sundays, holidays, and evenings to do fill-in work for other employees.

Whatever adjustments would need to be made, you can count on me to do everything I can to cooperate fully.  I think you know I have the interest of the company at heart.  If the matter could be settled at an early date, I would appreciate it.  If it would help, I welcome the opportunity to discuss the matter further with you at your convenience.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,


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