Evangelical College Open to Gays

Last year, I asked which evangelical college would be the first to openly accept GLBT students.  It seems that Belmont University is the answer.  Cathleen Falsani reports that Belmont has recognized a gay student association, one that had been twice previously denied standing on campus:

Late last week, the provost of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., announced that the school officially had recognized its first gay student organization.

The announcement came barely a month after the Christian school changed its anti-discrimination policy to include homosexuals, after a popular women’s soccer coach was forced out last December because her lesbian partner was expecting a child.

The gay student group had twice been turned down for official recognition. Belmont Provost Thomas Burns said the change of mind reflected an “ongoing campus dialogue about Christian faith and sexuality.”

The thing is, that dialogue isn’t just limited to Belmont.

via Cathleen Falsani: On Evangelical Campuses, Rumblings of Gay Acceptance.

Cathleen Falsani on the Evangelical Church and Gays

Cathleen Falsani

Falsani, author, most recently, of The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, has taken to the Huffington Post to write about Jay Bakker’s new book and whether a tipping point may be on the horizon in which gays are embraced in mainstream evangelicalism:

Some of my dearest friends are gay.

Most of my dearest friends are Christians.

And more than a few of my dearest friends are gay Christians.

As an evangelical, that last part is not something that, traditionally and culturally, I’m supposed to say out loud. For most of my life, I’ve been taught that it’s impossible to be both openly gay and authentically Christian.

via Cathleen Falsani: Is Evangelical Christianity Having a Great Gay Awakening?.