CCCU Tries to Thread the Needle - Sightings (Kathryn Lee)
This week's Thursday edition of Sightings hits close to home. The essay focuses on a recent decision by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to require of members that they officially affirm a "traditional" understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman. Such a requirement is new to the Council. Why it hits close to home is that the college I graduated from and even served as adjunct faculty many years ago was an original member of the CCCU, and continues its membership. I don't know where the college stands on the issue at this point, nor do I know what kinds of conversations are underway. I do know that many alumni would disagree with the CCCU policy, and I expect that a number of current faculty would oppose it as well. That college, Northwest Christian University, is broadly affiliated with the churches of the Stone-Campbell Movement, including the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination that has in its General manifestation affirmed the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in church and society. I don't know how this growing understanding of sexual orientation is influencing conversations there, but as Kathryn Lee, who teaches at another mainline Protestant affiliated university, this is problematic for us. So I share this as one who has come to be fully affirming of LGBTQ persons, and hope and pray that my college will be a safe place for LGBTQ persons and their allies to live and learn and grow in faith.