Christian University to Offer Gay Hou...

Christian University to Offer Gay Housing Option

There are 8 comments on the www.advocate.com story from Apr 8, 2009, titled Christian University to Offer Gay Housing Option. In it, www.advocate.com reports that:

Texas Christian University will begin offering housing specifically for LGBT students in the fall, becoming one of the few religious colleges in the nation to offer such an option. "It's a chance for students to be part of a unique experience," David Cooper, TCU associate director for residential life, told the Star-Telegram . Cooper also said it’s important to universities because students who feel a connection to their school are more likely to stay. The DiversCity Q housing component will be open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students as well as their allies. Shelly Newkirk, who helped lead the effort for the DiversCity Q housing area, says her vision is for a community where gay and straight students can interact. The TCU sophomore said the new resident halls will have programs for the general campus community.

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Nelly Gay

Poole, UK

#1 Apr 8, 2009
High time !

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#2 Apr 8, 2009
Hmmm. Segregation? Somehow I don't think that's a brilliant idea.

“STFU”

Since: May 07

Atlanta, GA

#3 Apr 8, 2009
The NAZI's housed all the LGBT people together, too.

“I am gay and I am here to stay”

Since: Mar 09

redding

#4 Apr 8, 2009
Once they put the students in, they are going to have a praying session for lightening strikes!
Liberal TX Woman

New York, NY

#5 Apr 8, 2009
The housing is completely optional so it is not segregation, but it does make it easier for people in the GLBT community to find each other at TCU. It's so hard to make friends your freshman year and even harder to feel comfortable being yourself. Also, TCU is really working towards celebrating diversity, so this is an attempt to help a group that has traditionally felt they don't have a place feel that the university cares about them.

I went to TCU and it was sad how many GLBT felt like they needed to hide. Now the administration is officially saying "we recognize and support you." You may not agree that it is the best move, but I think their hearts are in the right place.
DNF

Hollywood, FL

#6 Apr 8, 2009
Church Affiliation

* TCU is the largest of 17 colleges and universities associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a community embracing both faith and reason. With the full support of the Disciples, TCU is committed to the highest standards of scholarship, affording students the rigorous challenges that make higher education worthwhile. Reflection on questions of meaning and value is crucial to genuine learning. TCU’s covenant with the Christian Church supports this kind of education.
* More than 59 religious groups are represented in the student body. The denominations with the largest representation are Roman Catholic, United Methodist and Baptist.
* There are 20 recognized student religious organizations on campus, including groups for Christian, Jewish and Muslim students.

* Brite Divinity School, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) theological seminary, is an independent school affiliated with Texas Christian University.

http://www.tcu.edu/at-a-glance.asp

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky - movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early 1800s.

Thomas and Alexander Campbell, a Scottish Presbyterian father and son in Pennsylvania, rebelled against the dogmatic sectarianism that kept members of different denominations - and even factions within the same denomination - from partaking of the Lord's Supper together.

Barton W. Stone in Kentucky, also a Presbyterian, objected to the use of creeds as tests of "fellowship" within the church, which were a cause of disunity, especially at the Lord’s table.

"Christians," the name adopted by Stone's movement, represented what he felt to be a shedding of denominational labels in favor of a scriptural and inclusive term. Campbell had similar reasons for settling on "Disciples of Christ" but he felt the term "Disciples" less presumptuous than "Christians."

The aims and practices of the two groups were similar, and the Campbell and Stone movements united in 1832 after about a quarter of a century of separate development.

The founders of the Christian Church hoped to restore Christian unity by returning to New Testament faith and practices. But the church found that even this led to division. One group which opposed practices not specifically authorized by the New Testament, such as instrumental music in the church and organized missionary activity, gradually pulled away. That group finally was listed separately in the 1906 federal religious census as the "Churches of Christ."

Another group remained with the Disciples but began a separation in 1926 over what it felt were too liberal policies on the mission field in the practice of baptism. More than 40 years later (1967-69) some 3,000 of those congregations formally withdrew at the time of Disciples restructure. They refer to themselves as the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.

http://www.disciples.org/AboutTheDisciples/Hi...

“the baby who would be king!!!!”

Since: Jan 07

fort worth

#7 Apr 8, 2009
ScottyMatic wrote:
Hmmm. Segregation? Somehow I don't think that's a brilliant idea.
no no no you misunderstand

it's voluntary

like when the nazi's asked the jews to move to the ghettos and then to those special camps made just for them

it was voluntary

“the baby who would be king!!!!”

Since: Jan 07

fort worth

#8 Apr 8, 2009
Liberal TX Woman wrote:
The housing is completely optional so it is not segregation, but it does make it easier for people in the GLBT community to find each other at TCU. It's so hard to make friends your freshman year and even harder to feel comfortable being yourself. Also, TCU is really working towards celebrating diversity, so this is an attempt to help a group that has traditionally felt they don't have a place feel that the university cares about them.
I went to TCU and it was sad how many GLBT felt like they needed to hide. Now the administration is officially saying "we recognize and support you." You may not agree that it is the best move, but I think their hearts are in the right place.
what's interesting is that the divinity school at tcu (brite) readily accepts and celebrates lgbt folks yet the denomination's regional officers refuse to ordain the lgbt folks that graduate from their program

then again, i've had the "pleasure" of knowing some of those folks very well and have found them to be some of the most pompous and "sinful" folks of any christian denomination in my experience

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