On Sabbath, April 19, in a first-of-its-kind program, Andrews University conducted “A Conversation with LGBT Students.” This event focused on listening, understanding and caring, as LGBT students shared their stories and experiences.
The Cape Town Summit organized by our church leaders last month brought with it a call for continued conversation on the topic of LGBT Adventists. In the weeks that have followed, the future leaders of our church – students at Adventist universities across the country – have answered that call. During these past few weeks, Andrews University in particular has taken the opportunity in a variety of settings to create an atmosphere of discussion and contemplation on this issue. An official statement from the University said:
“In the context of this now global conversation, it’s important that Andrews University, as the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and especially as a community of faith and learning, also takes the opportunity for reflection that is marked by study, prayer, and direct and honest communication.”
President Niels-Erik Andreasen reminded the campus community:
“In each of these significant conversations about these critical issues, and in those that will continue, throughout the world, our Church and this campus, it’s important that we seek to offer compassion and support for all members of our community. That process best begins with listening and understanding each other. I invite you to become a meaningful participant in this journey.”