Proposed split of United Methodist Church over LGBT issues is welcomed by Methodist college leaders

A proposed split in the United Methodist Church could be good news for colleges that struggled with whether to retain their church affiliation following the adoption of anti-LGBT policies.


Methodist colleges and seminaries react to church vote strengthening prohibitions on gay clergy and same-sex marriage


Vote by United Methodist Church body to strengthen prohibitions on gay clergy and same-sex marriages disappoints Methodist higher education institutions and raises difficult questions.


Eastern Mennonite U. opts not to lift ban on hiring gay faculty

Pressure grows at Mennonite institutions to end ban on hiring non-straight professors. Eastern Mennonite U., which many hoped was about to shift, declines to do so. But it leaves in place suspension of policy.



Shorter University faculty leaving over new 'lifestyle' statements

Facing a new "lifestyle statement" at Shorter University, many faculty and staff have chosen to resign instead. One has spoken out publicly.

Davidson reconsidering requirement that president be Presbyterian

Davidson is one of the few Presbyterian colleges that still require presidents to be members of the denomination. Now the college's board is studying that rule and may overturn it.

Iowa State cancels class on Biblical insights for business

After a faculty campaign, university calls off a class on applying the Bible to business.

Accreditor places Southwest Baptist on probation

Accreditor places Southwest Baptist University on probation, finding the board’s actions raised questions about its ability to act in the best interest of the institution and that the climate for academic freedom had been eroded.


Christian college group tries to define membership categories based in part on views on same-sex marriage


For full voting membership, institutions must view sexual relations as limited to marriage between a man and woman. Colleges that teach otherwise may be nonvoting members.


Wheaton of Illinois moves to fire professor who wore hijab

Illinois college acts in response to her statements that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.


2 colleges leave Christian college group to avoid split over gay marriage

Eastern Mennonite U and Goshen, which recently ended bans on gay faculty members, leave Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Had they stayed, others would have left the association.



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