Readers share their personal stories of grappling with stigma and shame on campus. Email hello theatlantic. A reader, Seldon, just came across our series from a few months ago featuring readers sharing their experiences of being gay or lesbian at a religious institution of learning.
Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, aims to bring spiritual vitality to students through four categories: morality, honor, propriety and civic responsibilities. Each class is assigned senior sponsors and is given a name and a hymn. Chapel services are held three times a week in the Hughes Auditorium.
Fearless, independent journalism, direct to your inbox. Sign up for our daily or weekly digest. In evangelical subculture, the indoctrination of children and converts into patriarchal authoritarianism fuels a cycle of abuse, the impact of which extends beyond evangelical subculture itself.
RNS — A group of Christian college students has released a survey that suggests censorship of student publications is not uncommon at American Christian schools, with student editors alleging faculty and administrators wield broad editorial control over campus newspapers and sometimes kill A recent study suggests widespread censorship of student publications at American Christian schools. Photo illustration by Kit Doyle stories before publication. Many student journalists at Taylor University, northeast of Indianapolis, insist the restrictions imposed on them at their newspaper, The Echo, go too far. They wanted to know if their peers at Asbury and other Christian schools share their frustrations — and the results indicate they do.
In recent years, debate within the Church in America has intensified around what the appropriate Christian position should be on any number of cultural issues. As disagreements escalate, arguments tend to move away from the underlying fundamental questions to focus instead on shifting points of view. While cultural standards may change, Asbury Theological Seminary stands firm.
When I tell people in Philly about the place I went to for college, I try to start by giving a few specifics in the hopes of telling the whole picture. I cherished the environment of faith and intellectual curiosity, two things so central to my humanity. And then my voice will harden as I explain why my rosy feelings have been tainted with a bitter ache, and why I cannot ever see myself returning to a reunion anytime in the near future.
The twisted logic of evangelical colleges welcoming straight atheists and rejecting gay Christians. You might expect that announcing your lack of faith would carry the worst possible social stigma at Asbury University, a conservative Christian college in Kentucky where chapel attendance is required and most classes begin with prayer. But for Taylor Darden, coming out as gay was worse.
Asbury occupies an unusual place in the life of The United Methodist Church. The Wilmore, Ky. Although not one of the 13 officially related United Methodist seminaries, Asbury has been approved to educate United Methodist clergy.
Asbury University has a long history of LGBT discrimination, which has not been uncommon for an evangelical Christian institution. Not until recently, that is. More and more colleges and universities similar to Asbury have started reexamining their policies and developing more progressive stances on the acceptance of openly LGBT students and staff.
These students fear that remaining exempt from Title IX gives license to community members personally discriminating against or hating LGBT people. Those who keep their sexuality secret do so because the only thing worse than getting kicked out of school for their sexuality is having to stay at a school that invalidates their identity. This issue is hard for many to discuss, particularly those affected.