Eastern Mennonite University Establishes ‘Listening Process’ on LGBT Hiring

An interesting development is taking place at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The University, located in Virginia, requires new hires to sign an agreement that marriage is only between and woman. The agreement also states that new hires will refraining from sexual relationships outside of marriage. EMU’s board of trustees has now established a “listening process” about this policy as it relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hires.

From USA Today:

During the six-month period, opinions and perspectives from the student body, faculty and the surrounding community will be heard and factored into a final decision.

“It’s really a world view issue more than it is one group takes the Bible seriously or not. And that is complicated,” [EMU President Loren] Swartzendruber says. “The traditionalist will tend to identify certain scriptures and interpret them rather literally and the progressives will tend to quote other scriptures that speak more about … God’s love for all people.”

Though, perhaps, a step forward, Swartzendruber, doesn’t think that they’ll have an answer at the end of the process.

“It would be arrogant for us to think that after six months we’re going to have some kind of answers to which we all can come to consensus,” Swartzendruber said.

“We believe is best for this institution for this particular point in history. … People will disagree with whatever decision that is made,” Swartzendruber said.

EMU does have an organization for LGBT students called Safe Space

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