Whitworth University Ends Exclusive 123-Year Partnership with PC(USA)

School wants an 'inherently more stable' and 'potentially less ambiguous' identity.

Update (April 19): Just as Whitworth ended its exclusive denominational partnership, Davidson College in Charlotte, N.C., announced that it would re-affirm its affiliation with the PC(USA).

The decision by the Davidson trustees also upholds an existing school bylaw requiring the school president to be an "active church member" whose faith is "appropriately expressed by affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and active participation in the life of Davidson College Presbyterian Church." The requirement has prompted much debate.

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As the Presbyterian landscape becomes more and more fractured, Whitworth University has decided to end its exclusive partnership with its founding denomination: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Trustees at the Spokane, Wash., school recently adopted a statement on denominational relationships after a yearlong study of "the range of possible relationships between Whitworth and its covenantal partner, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)." The purpose of the review ...

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