A Response to Dr. Sider…

Editor’s note: Dr. Ronald Sider is a professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, the seminary of Eastern University. Dr. Sider is also the Founder and President of “Evangelicals for Social Action”. Over the course of its history, ESA has made troubling statements and has affirmed troubling positions in regards to sexual minorities (see “The Manhattan Declaration”). ESA publishes a bi-monthly magazine, “Prism”. The current November/December is almost entirely focused on sexuality with many disturbing articles, including an article written by Dr. Sider (Dr. Sider’s article- here; the full issue- here). It is disappointing that these attitudes emerge out of Eastern University.

However we know there are other voices that speak for justice within Eastern, and one of those voices is Dr. Yolanda Turner, co-chair of the Psychology department at Eastern University. Please welcome Dr. Turner as she shares with us her response to Dr. Sider’s article, adapted from a presentation she gave earlier this year. OneEastern is deeply thankful for Dr. Turner’s response. A brief bio for Dr. Turner is found at the end of this post.

Separation of Church and State:

Let me begin by stating that for me this is not simply a question of being for or against same-sex marriage. The question is larger than that: by what criteria do we want our government to make legal decisions?

This is not simply about whether homosexual relationships are biblical or holy. It is about what should be affirmed in a pluralistic society – in a democratic republic that promotes religious freedom, as well as other types of freedom and privacy.

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Announcing the OneEastern “It Needs to Get Better” Campaign!

We are proud to announce our first campaign, “It Needs to Get Better”.  And we need your help!  We are now collecting videos of you explaining to Eastern University why “It Needs to Get Better” and why EU needs to be a fully inclusive, welcoming, and affirming university.  We are asking you to record yourself speaking directly to the camera to explain why it must get better.  You do not need to be a professional videographer, a webcam, works great (and so will most still cameras in video mode!).  Please make sure the camera is mounted and doesn’t move.  Feel free to share personal stories.  And this campaign is open to anyone: alumni, students, parents- anyone at all!  To see an example of the videos we’re hoping to receive, check out what Notre Dame’s community recently did here.

Once you have made your video, please email videos@oneeastern.com.  We’ll find a way for you to send us the video either electronically or by snail mail.  We hope to post a compilation video representing many people within our community who know that it needs to get better.  So start recording, and let’s help Eastern understand.

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Happy September!

Many people have asked for tangible ways that they could support OneEastern… and there is a way.  Right now, the only real financial cost for OneEastern is webhosting.  Fortunately, our host makes it easy to donate to support the cost of running the site.  On the right hand side of our website, there is now a link to donate to help defray costs.  Any donations are appreciated!  You can also click here…

ALSO, in the next week or so, we will be announcing our first campaign… stay tuned!