Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Theological School's Message of Inclusion

From The Advocate

The Claremont, Calif., school’s Center for Sexuality, Gender, and Religion [part of the Claremont School of Theology] sent all graduates a rainbow tassel in hopes that they would wear it alongside their regular tassel as a symbol of support for LGBT inclusivity. At the ceremony last Tuesday, almost all of them did, center co-director Grace Yia-Hei Kao reports on her Feminism and Religion blog. 
“I was ecstatic to see the vast majority of graduates, as well as the faculty, staff, and other luminaries participating in Commencement eagerly don their rainbow tassels,” writes Kao, who is also an associate professor of ethics at the theological school. Most of those students participating in the first graduation ceremony of a related institution, Claremont Lincoln University, did so as well.
Being a person of faith does not have to mean being anti-gay, despite what some would have us think. 

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