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Faculty Endorsed 5/12/03, Board Approved 5/15/03
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 9/20/04, Board Amended/Approved 10/7/04
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 10/17/05, Board Amended/Approved 10/21/05
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 8/24/07, Academic Affairs Committee Amended/Approved 4/10/07
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 5/6/08, Board Amended/Approved 5/9/08
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 4/14/09, 5/5/09; Board Approved 5/8/09
Faculty Amended/Endorsed 12/7/2011; Board Approved 1/27/12
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Appendix B
A STATEMENT OF ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH RESPECT
Birmingham-Southern College provides a liberal arts education of distinctive quality as a
Church-related institution. Since its founding the College has challenged students “to think
independently, to examine the arts and sciences aesthetically and critically, and to communicate
clearly.”
[1]
Continuing in the educational emphasis of Methodism’s founder, John Wesley,
Birmingham-Southern welcomes the expression of diverse faiths in a community dedicated to
academic freedom, justice, ethical integrity, and a common pursuit of truth. A statement of
covenantal partnership between the Church and College was created in 2000 and continues to
define the relationship between the two institutions.
Since the total educational experience at Birmingham-Southern offers opportunities for spiritual
well-being, both the principles and practices of religious and spiritual life on campus are taken
seriously. To that end, this statement of ecumenical and interfaith respect is meant to guide us in
both principle and practice.
Birmingham-Southern College recognizes and affirms the interfaith and variety of
religious traditions of our faculty, staff and student body. In the best sense of the Wesleyan
tradition, we seek to encourage the study of one’s own faith tradition and an understanding and
respect for others.
Birmingham-Southern College practices non-discrimination and respectful relationships
in our employment practices, advancement decisions, scholarship and honor awards, and
participation in our common life.
The opportunity for full participation in the college community is extended to
all; religious affiliation with a spiritual tradition is not a requirement for
membership in our community.
This statement should be understood to provide faculty, staff and students the freedom to choose
and express
their own religious preferences, if they so wish, and the responsibility to respect the
preferences of others. In our religion and spiritual life within our academic community, our best
work is understood as “faith seeking understanding.”
[1]
College’s mission statement
Approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and Birmingham-Southern College Faculty on 5/5/08.