It is with great pleasure that I read of the exciting things happening at Biola University in California. It breaks my heart to go back onto Christian campuses sometimes–knowing that the LGBT community cannot express themselves as both “good Christians” and LGBT people (unless they pledge celibacy). My recent trip to Calvin College moved me to respond–and while I see in SAGA a group that is surviving under the pressures of Calvin, I see the students at Biola, riskier perhaps, thriving. They are pushing the envelope, not happy with the “yard privileges” that the university gives them, still prisoners, in many ways, of the administration and policy decisions on sexuality that are in place at Biola. They have instead spoken out, strongly, and I hope that their speaking out creates a conversation for change in the administration.
For more amazing stuff, read the article in Inside Higher ED here. I put a picture of Bryn Terfel as Wotan in the Ring Cycle here to let you know, Biola Queer students, that I think of you as bold warriors. That what you are doing takes courage. That it’s going to be a tough fight. That the denomination which controls Biola may not play fair. But that you are warriors, every one of you.
May God bless you and bring you peace in your decisions, in your convictions, and strength in holding to them.
I hope more Christian campuses follow your lead.