Baldwin Wallace Ends Methodist Affiliation

May 1, 2019

The board of Baldwin Wallace University voted last week to end the institution's affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The university will maintain its chapel and provide services for students who are Methodist (as well as for those from other faiths). The board acted in response to the decision of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in February to strengthen the church’s prohibitions on performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay and lesbian clergy, over the opposition of Methodist colleges and universities in the U.S.

“BW’s Methodist founders were committed to inclusion 174 years ago,” said a statement from Charles Rotuno, chair of the board. “While we value the relationship that we have had with the United Methodist Church, we’ve concluded that becoming an independent university will allow the BW community to continue to fully embrace and embody the values of diversity and inclusion today and always.”

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