Last year, Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian school outside of Chicago, hired Julie Rodgers (below) to work as an “associate for spiritual care” in the Chaplain’s Office. What made that hire a little surprising was that Rodgers was openly gay… but it was okay because she made clear that she was and would remain celibate. In the evangelical world, that sort of warped ideology was accepted.
But that all changed this week when Rodgers announced she had slowly realized a change in attitude on that issue. She no longer believed celibacy ought to be a requirement for gay Christians. To that end, she also announced her resignation from Wheaton: