In a stunning decision - the board of governors at Trinity Western University vote on a motion to make their controversial community covenant now optional for students

August 14, 2018 – Langley, B.C.,

An incredible turn of events at Trinity Western University as its board of governors announced their decision to make their controversial community covenant, which mandated that all students sign a covenant promising to abstain from sex outside of heterosexual marriage, “optional,” for students.

CBC reports that a university spokesperson said that, “staff and administrators will still have to sign the restrictive covenant.”

In an email to students, President Bob Kuhn said, “In furtherance of our desire to maintain TWU as a thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy, the community covenant will no longer be mandatory as of the 2018-19 academic year with respect to admission of students to, or continuation of students at, the University.”

Trinity recently lost at the Supreme Court of Canada in their fight for an accredited law school. In a 7-2 decision, the SCC made it clear that the former covenant would put LGBT students at risk of, “significant harm.”

TWU president Bob Kuhn’s written statement also stated that the school will continue to be a, “Christ-centred” facility.

“Let there be no confusion regarding the board of governors’ resolution; our mission remains the same. We will remain a Biblically-based, mission-focused, academically excellent university, fully committed to our foundational evangelical Christian principles.”

Context contributor, Prof., John Stackhouse will have more on this story on Friday.

Read Lorna Dueck’s Globe and Mail column on the issue, here.
And for some history on the TWU trial, watch our program here.
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