Georgetown Ousts Evangelical Groups

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1. Protestant chaplain at Georgetown: God told us to kick out InterVarsity and others
"Blessings and may God's peace be upon you!" begins a letter to six evangelical groups from Constance Wheeler, the Protestant chaplain at Georgetown University. The letter then explains that effective immediately, the ministries

will no longer be allowed to hold any activity or presence (i.e. Bible studies, retreats with Georgetown students, Mid-week worship services, fellowship events, move-in assistance, SAC Fair, etc.) on campus. … Additionally, all websites linking your ministries to a presence at Georgetown University will need to be modified to reflect the terminated relationship. Your ministries are not to publicize in any literature, media, advertisement, etc. that Georgetown University is or will be an active ministry site.

It's God's will, Wheeler explained. "While we realize this comes as a great disappointment, please know we are moving forward with this decision only after much dialogue with the Lord. We have enjoyed working with your ministries in various capacities over the years and will always keep your ministry in our prayers."

While the Protestant chaplain's office may have enjoyed working with the ministries, the problem, according to several sources and a university spokesman, was that the office wanted more control over them.

"With this restructuring has come a desire in the Protestant chaplaincy to build the ministry from within Georgetown and its Protestant student leaders rather than rely on outside groups or fellowships," Erik Smulson told various news sources. "Hopefully this restructuring of the chaplaincy will provide a more consistent and focused effort to work with the Protestant students to ensure that their ...

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