A community college in Oregon has declared that April will be "Whiteness History Month," a project that is designed to explore how the "construct of whiteness" has created racial inequality in the United States.
Portland Community College, which is attended by nearly 90,000 students each year, announced on its website that the initiative that was launched by a subcommittee of the college's Cascade Campus Diversity Council.
According to a website created by the college to explain the project, Whiteness History Month will be unlike most heritage months since it will not be a "celebratory endeavor." The website states that "whiteness originates racism" and explains that the purpose behind the project is to foster solutions for community and social issues that stem from racism. more >>
The United Methodist Church has rejected an Intelligent Design group's request to have an information table at the denomination's 2016 General Conference.
Reaffirming a decision from December, the UMC's Commission on the General Conference decided last week to not allow the Seattle-based Discovery Institute an information table at the Mainline Protestant denomination's gathering in Portland, Oregon.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump recently garnered extensive criticism for reportedly botching a Bible verse at a speech before a large group of young evangelical Christians.
Speaking at Liberty University in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, the billionaire real estate mogul cited a verse from Second Corinthians.
"We're going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don't have to be politically correct … Two Corinthians, 3:17, that's the whole ballgame … is that the one you like?" stated Trump, as reported by Politico. more >>
Students at the University of Virginia kicked off their 40 days of prayer and fasting on Sunday, leading up to the national Collegiate Day of Prayer next month.
At the university, located in Charlottesville, the community's Operation Esther Circle prayer group will partner with university students and the college's Student Prayer Collective to hold weekly prayer meetings in the 40 days leading up to the event on Feb. 25.
The Wheaton College controversy involving Professor Larycia Hawkins can be boiled down to this: the integration of faith and learning is more than just a buzzword.
Taken seriously, integrating faith with learning involves pushing faculty and students to "think Christianly" about their subject matter. It is not neat, and it is not predictable: God, although He is good, is certainly not tame.
Integrating faith with learning necessarily involves a good bit of coloring outside the lines of our finite and fallen understandings of the way we Christians ought to live and think as we continually reexamine the ways we live out our faith in our particular cultural and historical contexts; although God never changes, our faith should be ever-deepening. Culture and history never stop changing, and the Church should be reformed and always reforming. more >>
A group of over 800 Wheaton College alumni are threatening to withdraw their financial support for the Evangelical institution until the school reinstates a tenured professor who was suspended last month for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
After Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones recommended termination proceedings for associate political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who started a media firestorm in December after she wrote on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, a letter signed by at least 815 Wheaton graduates was delivered to school officials Friday, telling the administration to cease in its termination effort or face the consequences.
"We, the undersigned, respectfully request that all termination proceedings against Hawkins cease immediately, that she be fully reinstated as a tenured associate professor of Political Science, and for administration to issue a public acknowledgement for the grave institutional missteps that have irreparably damaged Hawkins' reputation within the academy and credibility among Evangelical Christians," the letter asserts. "Until full restoration and reconciliation are reached, each of us will prayerfully re-consider our commitment to financially support the mission of Wheaton College." more >>