Are you gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning and trying to understand that reality in the light of faith?
Are you straight but wrestling with the theological, biblical, or social issues that surround human sexuality?
Do you wonder how the Chaplain’s Office approaches all of these questions?
If so, you’re not alone. As a starting point for the conversation, here’s a four-point framework indicating our approach.
- As the Chaplain’s staff, we believe all people are of sacred worth, and we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
- As individual chaplains, we represent a range of approaches. Most of us are completely open to, and accepting of, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons as part of God’s wonderfully diverse family. Some of us are still on the journey of discerning exactly how we approach these issues as “issues,” while remaining committed to loving and supporting the persons at the heart of the issues.
- On OWU’s campus, you will find people of every gender and sexual identity. Students, faculty, and staff range from openly gay to closeted to questioning, from straight and supportive to homophobic and hateful. OWU is a microcosm of the world; if you can find it there, you’ll probably find it here.
- Student religious life groups each have their own character, independent of the Chaplain’s Office. We expect student groups and community campus partners to maintain attitudes of respect and tolerance of others, but we cannot dictate their stance on these issues. Feel free to ask questions and research different groups in which you’re interested.
Overall, OWU is a largely supportive and tolerant community. You can find a home here. Feel free to explore the links on the right for resources that may be of interest to you.
For many people, faith is an important component of life. Your orientation, gender identity, or gender expression should never exclude you from participation in the community of faith at OWU.