After Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College Announce Decision to Hire Married Homosexuals, Nearly 40 Christian Schools Threaten to Leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Eastern Mennonite University/Photo by Lindsey Kolb Eastern Mennonite University, one of two CCCU schools now accepting non-celibate homosexual faculty.
Eastern Mennonite University/Photo by Lindsey Kolb
Eastern Mennonite University, one of two CCCU schools now accepting non-celibate homosexual faculty.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) will use a “deliberate and consultative process” to decide the fate of two members schools.

Last week, CCCU members Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite University added “sexual orientation” to their nondiscrimination policies. That news was discussed at a recent CCCU board meeting. In the past, the CCCU has advocated for the right of members schools to uphold traditional Christian teaching about marriage sexuality.

The CCCU board plans to call the presidents of member institutions to discuss the matter further.

Up to 40 CCCU member institutions may consider leaving if the board takes too long to act, Dub Oliver, the president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., told World Magazine.

The CCCU’s full statement:

The CCCU has received inquiries regarding the recent change by member institutions Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College in employment policies regarding faculty and staff in same-sex marriages.

At the recent meeting of the CCCU Board of Directors, which includes the president of EMU, the board engaged in thorough deliberations regarding this policy change. The president of EMU recused himself as appropriate. As a result of their discussions, the board has reaffirmed its commitment to a deliberative and consultative process. Therefore, in the coming weeks and months, the board will be calling all member presidents to discuss this issue. This plan is consistent with feedback from CCCU members, the vast majority of whom are supportive of the board following a good and respectful process before making any decision.

The CCCU is a voluntary association of colleges and universities whose missions are rooted in the historic Christian faith and are informed by deeply held Christian thought, belief and practice. The vast majority of these member schools hold to a historic, orthodox understanding of marriage between a man and a woman. All of these Christian institutions are places where students receive an education that develops not only their academic prowess but also their integrity and their faith as they live and study in a community of Christian peers taught by a community of Christian faculty. Graduates of these institutions contribute to the public good as artists, health care providers, educators, public servants and entrepreneurs – all with their faith as the core of their work and service to others.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Bob Smietana, Morgan Lee, and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra