Baptist University Loses Third of Faculty Over Lifestyle Statement

Shorter University faces widespread disagreement over new president's plan to "reclaim our Christian roots."

Update: Following the resignations of more than one-third of Shorter University's faculty over a newly introduced lifestyle pledge in early 2012, Inside Higher Ed reports that Shorter's enrollment fell by about 10 percent. However, that doesn't seem to be far enough to force the Georgia Baptist Convention to relent on its strict lifestyle policies.)

(RNS) More than two dozen faculty members have resigned from Shorter University, a Baptist school in Georgia, after it required them to sign a "personal lifestyle statement" that condemns homosexuality, premarital sex and public drinking.

An online campaign called "Save Our Shorter" says that the lifestyle pledge, adopted in the fall of 2011 along with a statement of faith, has led to dozens of resignations. University president Donald Dowless on Friday (May 18) confirmed that 36 faculty have resigned and at least 25 cited disagreement with either the personal lifestyle statement or the faith statement.

The school usually has about 100 full-time ...

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