posted January 28, 2011

Hope College Position Statement on Human Sexuality

The Hope College Board of Trustees, at its May 6-7, 2010 meeting, appointed a Trustee committee to expand the college's 1995 Institutional Statement on Homosexuality in the larger context of all human sexuality. The committee subsequently listened to many on-campus and off-campus voices and received feedback from the Trustees at their October, 2010 meeting. The Board of Trustees, at its January 27-28, 2011 meeting, adopted a Statement on Human Sexuality. This position statement replaces the 1995 Institutional Statement on Homosexuality.

Hope College Position Statement on Human Sexuality

Hope College is a liberal arts institution committed to being a rigorous academic community of faith and learning in the Reformed tradition. Standing within the historic Christian faith and in covenant with the Reformed Church in America, Hope College believes that Holy Scripture occupies a privileged position as the only final authority for the faith and practice of the people of God and thus, for all aspects of the Hope College community.

Sexuality, including longing and expression, is a good gift from God and a fact of our existence affirmed in the Christian scriptures and by the Church throughout the centuries. This biblical witness calls us to a life of chastity among the unmarried and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. This interpretation parallels the official position of the College's founding denomination, the Reformed Church in America; its sister denomination, the Christian Reformed Church; and the Roman Catholic Church. Accordingly, Hope College will not recognize or support campus groups whose aim by statement, practice, or intimation is to promote a vision of human sexuality that is contrary to this understanding of biblical teaching.

Furthermore, the College in its policies, practices, and common life invites the entire Hope community to a renewed encounter with the biblical witness regarding human sexuality.

Hope College promotes the indispensable value of intellectual freedom and recognizes that there are Christians who take scripture seriously and hold other views. HopeCollege affirms the scholarly examination and discussion of all issues surrounding human sexuality even if they differ from the institutional position. The College provides safe places for the Hope community to discuss issues of human sexuality as well as educational programming on a variety of human sexuality issues.

Hope College affirms the dignity of every person as a creature made in the image of God and thus worthy of our earnest respect, our insistent protection, and our self-sacrificing love.