I have a new article up at The Daily Beast on InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s controversial LGBTQ+ employee policy; employees are not allowed to endorse or affirm LGBTQ+ relationships and remain at IVCF. InterVarsity’s re-entrenchment of heterosexuality as the only acceptable identity is seen by many of those who are personally invested in their organization as troubling. It may lead to not only their de-recognition by colleges and universities—something they’ve faced in the past—but also the inability to have a table at the annual Society of Biblical Literature.
Check out the piece:
“When InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA endorsed Black Lives Matter last December, it saw racial reconciliation as “an expression of the gospel.” The evangelical student outreach, which has 1,011 chapters on 667 campuses, was both criticized and praised.
A recent controversy over the group’s position on same-sex relationships and how it affects employees, however, shows that any fears of their impending liberal takeover are greatly exaggerated….”
I’m back from the joint conference of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature in Baltimore and I’m finally getting to a round-up of thoughts on the trip. This year, my choice of sessions were based on the theme of the secular and the “nones.” I wrote about my schedule here and I wrote about finding the secular and nones at The AAR on The Huffington Post (“How to Find the Secular at The American Academy of Religion“)last week.