George Fox University is occasionally asked about its policy on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered/transexual, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) issues. Recently, OneGeorgeFox – an alumni organization not affiliated with the university – has engaged the university on LGBTQ issues. Therefore, the university is providing the following response to explain its position:
Affirming the dignity of every person
George Fox University affirms the full humanity and dignity of every human being, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We recognize that there are individuals who identify as LGBTQ or as having same-sex attraction within our community. They are valued.
Acknowledging the need for better communication
Some alumni have indicated that conversations they had at George Fox on LGBTQ issues have been hurtful to them. We grieve with them over their experiences. As a university with an evangelical Quaker heritage, we encourage Christian care and compassion as we dialogue on LGBTQ issues.
A call for civility
As a university, we encourage the vigorous pursuit of truth. As a Christian university, we believe the Bible, as illuminated by the Holy Spirit, is true and reliable. We recognize that there are Christians inside and outside our community who have different interpretations of Scripture. Regardless of one’s perspective or tradition, we encourage all of our community members to engage this issue with civility and respect. We condemn any violence directed toward LGBTQ people.
Our theological position
George Fox University seeks to order its community life around the values and ethics we believe God has given us in the Bible and we rely on its teachings. Those who join our community agree to live consistently with these teachings.
We believe that God has intended sexual relations to be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. We recognize that this belief may be in conflict with the practice or vision of the larger culture, as Christian beliefs have been in other times and places. Yet we hold to the historic Christian position on this issue while being respectful of those who disagree with us.
For information on recent coverage of a transgendered student housing situation, see georgefox.edu/transgender.