Dozens of Samford College college students stood in silence for an hour Wednesday to protest the college’s exclusion of pro-LGBTQ church buildings.
About 250 folks attended the demonstration, together with college students, present and retired college and employees, alumni, and native clergy, organizers stated on-line. The protest comes per week after information stories that the Birmingham, Ala., college blocked two church buildings from collaborating in its annual campus ministry truthful due to the church buildings’ help for LGBTQ rights.
Alumni have criticized the transfer in open letters and a video to school leaders. Some alumni have stated the college’s actions point out that the Baptist college is turning into extra conservative. The college has to date defended its choice.
Leaders of SAFE Samford, an alumni group that helps and advocates for LGBTQ college students at Samford, initially stated that the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have been excluded from the occasion. However extra lately, a pastor with the Baptist Church of the Covenant in Birmingham stated her church was additionally not invited to the campus ministry truthful. Pastor Erica Cooper shared the replace with Baptist Information International, a information outlet targeted on faith that’s been following the controversy.
“Since our church has had historic and persevering with affiliations with Samford, and since a big portion of our congregants have robust private ties to the college, we confess that we’re harm over our exclusion,” Cooper wrote.
Samford president Beck Taylor wrote in emails to some alumni that have been obtained by Baptist Information International that the selections about formal ministry partnerships have been slim and associated to the college’s spiritual mission.
“In that area, I really feel that it’s crucial that we accomplice with those that subscribe to the college’s core commitments,” Taylor wrote. “In doing so, we train the identical rights and duties you discern and train as you govern your congregation … In a world that propagates the lie that one should utterly agree with one other on such points to really love them and need to serve them, I can guarantee you that in my coronary heart of hearts, I like our LGBTQ college students and workers, and I need to serve them properly.”