Many Messiah alumni who signed our petition left comments explaining their experiences with and hopes for the college. Unsurprisingly, these comments are thoughtful, insightful, and representative of diverse perspectives and experiences. Several are pasted below:

I am extremely disappointed in Messiah College’s stance towards LGBTQ students and those who are questioning and exploring their sexuality. I hope that you will contemplate further on the gospel message and choose to make Messiah a welcoming institution for all.

I would like to see everyone afforded the education I had access to at Messiah. I loved my time there, and I credit that experience with introducing important themes of social justice and community engagement.  It’s important that these lessons, which ought to be learned, are not kept back by the college’s own archaic policies. I encourage the administration to make intentional choices to rid the Community Covenant of language  that remains inconsistent with Messiah’s goals of shaping intellect, deepening faith, and inspiring action.

I did not have an overall negative experience as an out student at Messiah College, in fact I left secure in the belief that the institution was moving in an inclusive and reaffirming direction. I am disappointed that recent conversations with current students show that the college is moving backward on this issue and not forward. I urge Messiah College to continue it’s conversation about sexuality and begin to truly accept every student as created in the image of God. I pray that Messiah’s legacy would be one of trail blazing how Christian Higher Education can adapt to serve it’s LGBTQ community.

As an alumnus and a current employee of the College, I strongly support any initiative that pushes Messiah College towards a place of clarity, inclusion, acceptance and equality. My Messiah College education taught me invaluable lessons of speaking out for marginalized people and supporting the underrepresented and vulnerable members of our society, and it is my hope that Messiah College adopts these same principles towards its LGBT students on an institutional level.

I will not donate a dime to the college until a fully and convincingly inclusive stance on LBGT students is implemented and celebrated. Until then, my potentially sizable donations and bequests go elsewhere. My money does not support bigotry. Second, as a gay alumni, I would like you to know that I feel very damaged by the anti gay rhetoric and treatment on campus. Of course, after 20 years, I am very happy with my life, thanks to myself and to truly loving friends and no thanks to Messiah College. Why did you not know this before? Ask yourselves, the answer ought to be obvious. If your goal as a college is to create cynical people; then you can continue as you are. Beware though, the cynicism infects your nice heterosexual students as well, who see that it is still acceptable for church institutions to treat certain people with contempt. Do not kid yourselves: “”love the sinner, hate the sin”” nonsense is not love.”

I truly enjoyed my years at Messiah and hope and pray that a greater inclusiveness and love for all our brothers and sisters can create a comfortable learning and growing environment for all students.

One of my dear friend, who is gay and had recently come to a faith in Christ, really wanted to attend Messiah but began to feel that he could not and sign the Community Covenant, due to the statement about homosexual behavior. That’s too much, because he had a lot to bring, and he needed a safe place to explore his newly developing faith.

As a straight ally, I am broken-hearted when I see the college that did so much for my spiritual growth hindering the growth of others while simultaneously allowing hatred, bigotry, and un-Christ-like behavior to continue on campus. While I will always value my Messiah education, I cannot foresee further support for an institution that is unwilling to stand for Christ’s justice. However, I will always be willing to continue in discussion concerning this issue and look forward to a time when open dialogue is possible.

A change in the community covenant and campus-wide policies to be more inclusive of LGBT students is well overdue. We’re tired of hearing the same excuses from college staff and administration. The current covenant and atmosphere of Messiah College reflects poorly on the college and current students but also alum and those of us who consider ourselves Christians.


Although my time at Messiah College was both transformative and generally positive, I will not support Messiah College financially, and otherwise, until the above changes are made. I am dismayed that such barbarous language and practices remain in place at an institution that prides itself in its ‘community.’  Posterity (not to mention the divine) will judge us most harshly for such hypocrisy.

My time at Messiah College comprised the best years of my life!  My development was fostered and I became the strong Christian woman I am today.  I ask that Messiah College remove the language from the Community Covenant that distinguishes the difference between homosexual and heterosexual relationships.

I am glad to see there is finally some action being taken by other students and alumni to hopefully make Messiah a more inclusive place.  I am queer, and when I attended Messiah, the hate and intolerance I experienced drove me into a deep, suicidal depression.  Rather than address the issue, Messiah forced me out, putting me on “medical leave”.  It was devastating.  I sign this in the hopes that no other student will ever have to feel the way I felt.

I pledge that, when Messiah College makes the community an inclusive space for everyone, regardless of sexuality, I will begin making alumni donations that the college so fervently seeks. Until then, I cannot in good conscience financially support an institution that discriminates against sisters and brothers in Christ.

Brothers and Sisters,  this is about equality, justice, and safety.  This is about all the principles that Christ stood for and that we as His followers should stand for too.  Join me, join us, and let’s stand for what’s right.

Messiah needs to project the image of community and equality that they so often preach.  What has happened to the LGBTQ community there bothers me immensely and actions need to be taken to help this group of individuals.  They deserve to feel the love of Christ that is preached at Messiah daily.

I have been consistently proud to be a Messiah College alum, and committed to donating to the college when I could.  I lost most of that pride and all of that commitment today.  I remember a time when Messiah faculty and students counter-protested a Westboro Baptist Church by blocking the signs of hate with giant angel wings.  That was a great day for Messiah’s witness of Christ.  This is a sad one.

I know that this is a tricky situation.  But as it has been with so many things in the history of Christianity, I believe that in the (not-too-distant) future, the majority of Christians will look back on this period of inequality with sadness.  But they will also look back with great respect and appreciation for those of us who saw this for what it was – a human rights issue – and worked toward justice and reconciliation.  I urge the College to consider this petition carefully.

College years are pretty critical to a person’s self-awareness and self-respect, which immediately and later impact the extent to which individuals are able to love God and their neighbors. As a result, I think Messiah has the potential and obligation to push for providing the support students indicate they need and alumni indicate they needed during their studies. Inclusive Alumni are highlighting a very real gap in the support provided by Messiah, evidenced by the stories lgbtq individuals are able to share. My thanks go to those have told of their experiences.

Agree or disagree theologically with the issue, it is absolutely unacceptable that our “peaceful” campus has become a threatening environment for Messiah students. I dream of sending my children to the college that was so foundational in my formation, but will refuse as long as the campus is not a proactive community working to create a safe environment.

I had a great experience at Messiah, but did not come out for a few years after I graduated.  I have lived in the Harrisburg area since graduating, and I wish that Messiah would take the lead in Christian Higher Education in building a more inclusive community and providing a safe space for all of its students.

A sentiment I have often shared since my time at Messiah has been that if I – and I believe a considerable number of alums would agree, as well –  were given the decision again today, I would not choose to attend Messiah College.  This is in large part, ironically, because of the critical thinking skills, value for social justice, and commitment to open dialogue that I developed WHILE a student at Messiah.  In other words, I have  never regretted the education I received and experiences I had at Messiah, and I have no doubt that my college education has shaped the vocational path I am on today.  But at the same time, being who I am today, I could not in good conscience advise anyone I cared about to commit to/support this institution:  an institution that has not taken necessary measures to encourage, in its administration and protocol, the same sort of open dialogue and compassion it teaches in its classrooms. This petition is a step in the right direction.

One of the things that I appreciate the most about my time at Messiah College was the education that I received in my bible and Christian theology classes.  Messiah professors excel at providing students with an extensive and thought-provoking education on Christianity without imposing their own personal beliefs.  Information was presented in such a way that students were encouraged to come to their own conclusions, especially in regards to biblical interpretation.  At Messiah, I learned that there are, and always have been, so many ways that much of the bible can be interpreted.  Along those lines, it’s odd and a shame that the college chooses to take a discriminatory stance on homosexuals based on one interpretation of certain bible verses, rather than taking a neutral stance and leaving it up to individuals to decide for themselves. It’s time that the college’s community policies catch up with its outstanding education practices.

Bravo! Bravo! After graduation, two of my Messiah fellow students/friends came out to me. I’ve since had the pleasure of knowing many folks who have different sexual orientation than my own. Who cares? Let’s not legislate or moralize this issue

Why do many Christian churches (Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian etc) embrace the gay community community, while our non-denominational institution, Messiah College, does not? I think we should err on the side of inclusivity and love, versus judgement. I love Messiah, and I hope a greater sense of Agape takes over the campus.

I loved my time at Messiah.  I love my college deeply.  Messiah taught me to love as deeply as I am able to today.  Therefore, it breaks my heart to know that Messiah would conscientiously withhold its true love and acceptance from a group of people who have done nothing more than be who God made them to be.  I cannot believe the College still has not outgrown outmoded notions of sexuality and personhood.  I beg the College to see the error of its ways and to change immediately.  This is not an ethical issue.  I study ethics at Emory University right now, and I promise, this is more than an ethical issue.  It goes straight to the core of who a person is, and more poignantly, who we are.  LGBT students victimized by Messiah’s latent bigotry will be hurt, but they will not lose their humanity.  When we hate, when we exclude, we sacrifice the very best of ourselves.  Messiah taught me that Jesus always erred on the side of love.  Even if the College believes homosexuality qua homosexual acts is per se wrong, the College cannot possibly KNOW that.  So why not err on the side of love?  If you ever need me to stand and be counted, or to speak publicly on this issue, please contact.

I believe that reconciliation between those who represent Christ and those who identify as LGBTQ is sorely needed, in this instance, at Messiah College.  There seems to be an assumption that because someone is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning that they cannot have a strong spirituality and do not deserve inclusion, respect, or esteem.  I am entirely committed to helping queer students have a safe and affirming atmosphere on Messiah’s campus.  I will continue to work as an advocate for sexual minorities to end discrimination and prejudice.

Even in times of relative calm, Messiah has never felt like a safe place for queer students, and I can only imagine what it would feel like in the current climate.  As a college, your duty is serve your *students,* not to appease outsiders who would like seeing certain students removed or worse. Philosophical and religious questions of sin, *must* come second to promoting the real-life safety of actual human beings.

I am glad to have been a student at Messiah College.  I’m proud that Messiah was a place where I could be exposed to diverse Christian viewpoints and it was particularly this diversity that has continued to help me become, I believe, a well-rounded and thoughtful follower of Jesus. As I mature and experience more of the world as an adult, I hold out hope that Messiah College will do the same.  One of the most obvious lessons I am learning is that it can be hard to do the right thing.  Unfortunately, the church is often the last institution to make the right choice or take the pivotal step.  I think a lot of that has to do with the fear of breaking from tradition.  That is why I believe that Messiah College can become revolutionary among Christian colleges: because it was there where I first learned that Jesus did not teach us to be “safe.”

I think you’ll find that more Christians support you if you change your policy on homosexual behavior.  But being “on the fence” isn’t exactly making many friends or pleasing either side.  What it does accomplish is ambiguity – not for students to have a thoughtful dialogue about sexual orientation, but for those opposed to homosexuality to be outspoken while other students, faculty, and homosexuals are forced to be silent.  Removing the prohibition against homosexual behavior is not going to “”cause”” homosexual behavior – it’s obviously already there.  It also won’t mean that Messiah College is supportive or opposed to homosexuality.  It WILL provide the student body, the community of Messiah College, the opportunity to truly process these issues, rather than sweep them under the rug. I believe that reconciliation is achieved when a community addresses their differences openly, and I believe that Messiah College wanted to aspire to this.

I remember my experience at Messiah with joy, and think often of how I Might become more involved with it’s community in either my career or in participating in communities around the country that share its character.

As an educator, youth leader, and mentor, I cannot in good conscience advocate for students to attend Messiah College given its current stand on these issues.  I am disappointed.

I had two roommates at Messiah who came out to me halfway through the year.  Several of my other best friends also identified as gay or lesbian.  All of them experienced some sort of hurtful discrimination during their time, even though most of them remained officially in the closet.  The flippant or hateful attitudes of many of the students was always discouraging.  We need to have dialogue, not condemnation.  I continue to support Messiah’s mission, but pray for change.

I have felt that the sections in question in the Community Covenant should have been removed since the first time I read them during freshman orientation. I would like to be able to say I was educated at an institution from which I am truly proud to have earned a bachelors degree. Please seriously consider these requests.

I loved Messiah. I was heavily involved in student politics, especially the ISA/MuKappa. I lived all 4 years on campus, even during the summers, because I lived so far away (Canada). It wasn’t perfect, but I learned that no institution is, and blatant acceptance of it’s imperfections isn’t the answer. I was involved in a movement to ensure that International Students were a growing part of Messiah’s ecosystem, and that the harassment, racism and abuse they received as being a minority on campus was dealt with and brought to a minimum. I fought hard to make sure that ISA/MuKappa members and all minorities on campus were cherished and treated with the honour they deserve. I am proud to be part of yet another movement sharing those ideals.

I did not graduate from Messiah College; I dropped out before completing one semester. I identify myself as a homosexual, as did several of my classmates. I felt isolated and uncomfortable at the school. This petition truly speaks to the problems I noticed six years ago, which have clearly only been made worse through years of neglect and sweeping a tough issue under the rug.

I am embarrassed when people ask me where I went to college. I am not embarrassed of it being a Christian college, but of the way Messiah decides to act out that role. I hope that rather than continue to spread hate and exclusivity the college chooses to help create students who are challenged to love others despite difference, as Jesus would have done. This is the only way for Messiah to create graduates who will help our world be more understanding and loving. People in this world are not going to stop identifying as LGBTQ, Messiah should help its students enter a national conversation on love and acceptance. My personal experience at Messiah drew me away from being able to call myself a Christian. Being someone who did not grow up religious, I came to the college with an interest in Jesus’ message of compassion and care. I was amazed by most of my professors dedication service and just acts but the horror of the student body’s hate and exclusivity made it so that I don’t think I could ever refer to myself as Christian again. I want Messiah to be a place where students like myself see their college stand up for vulnerable populations, rather than continue to allow hatred to spread. At a college like this true Christians will be formed and the world will be better for it.

Whether agreeing with the behavior or not, Messiah College needs to do whatever they can to reduce the ridiculing due to sexuality.

I had a gay roommate for a time while at Messiah and it broke my heart to see the way he and his boyfriend had to sequester themselves in our apartment in order to feel free to express affection or even acknowledge the relationship. I knew. Everyone around knew. But both of them feared that if anyone found out they would be stripped of their scholarships and asked to step down from their positions of leadership. It is this fear, a fear from which they could find no reassurance from students, faculty, administration, or the community covenant, that stood in the way of being a true part of the community. In my four years at Messiah College I was nurtured, mentored, an encouraged because I fit the models of what the college wanted their Christian students to look like. I was the recipient of incredible amount of support that is not extended to students who do not fit into the mainstream Christian box regarding their sexuality. Messiah College cannot stand idly by and hope this issue goes away, because it will go away. It will slink back into the dark closet from whence it came and leave those who are victims or harassment, abuse, and discrimination without an advocate and without the love the university claims to uphold.

If Messiah College is truly committed to the ‘conversation’ surrounding homosexuality and sexuality more broadly, it is not fair for them to expect one or two 18-year-old students to be the ones to carry that burden.  Rather than hand-selecting well-spoken openly gay students and placing the responsibility to face a rather hostile environment, hire an openly-gay faculty member who is more prepared and equipped to carry out the ‘conversation’ and help support these few marginalized students.

I teach in a local private school that does not acknowledge the gay community as well.  I see the damage that it does to these young people.  For the sake of these young men and women do what is right.

As a straight Christian, I have seen gay and lesbian individuals hurt and turned off to Christ by the Church.  Some of those gay and lesbian people are very dear to me, and some of the pain happened at Messiah.  I urge you to heed Christ’s call to love.

My best days at Messiah College were spent at the Philly Campus and I deeply value the friendships I developed and maintain. I’ve talked with too many friends, co-workers and immediate family members who have struggled with their faith and sexual identity. For many, it is a deeply complicated search and journey. Unfortunately, that journey is often made more painful by those in the faith community. I would love to see churches and the Christian academic community openly embrace ALL students and faculty.

Messiah, you have built a reputation for engaging the tough issues of faith at all levels.  Don’t ruin that history of social justice and love for all peoples!

I knew of students who left because of fear that their sexual orientation would be confronted and experience abuse and shunning. Some remained and suffered through until graduation. One gay alumni was hired by the college unknowingly, lived in terror. One male house parent at one of the dorms would exploit this for his own sexual favors. It seems that active heterosexuality was ignored especially if you were part of the BinC corporation. While some lived in fear. Somehow Deitrich Bonhoffer comes to mind.

I had a wonderful experience at Messiah College. Much of what made it a great experience was the amazing people I met there. Some of the wonderful people I befriended there were gay, and I wouldn’t trade their friendship for anything. They challenged my perspective and helped me to be a better, more understanding, more compassionate human being, than if I had not met them. Don’t sell yourself short, Messiah. Allow the gifted, insightful and talented human beings, you are so privileged to have on campus, to flourish. God made us all  according to His purpose.

The Ethos Statement (now called the Community Covenant) that students have to sign prior to enrollment has a section that covers sexual abstinence.  Having a separate section that spells out Messiah’s stance on lesbian/gay sexuality seems redundant and unnecessary.  Additionally, I believe that it promotes isolation, shame, and justification for bullying and disconnection.  Christ Preeminent?  Really?  Show it, Messiah.

I’m relieved to find that there is a strong alumni cohort committed to eliminating the prohibition of homosexual behavior written into the community covenant and taking proactive steps toward ending the harassment of students.  I am committed to supporting equal rights for gay students on the Messiah campus. I hope to see Messiah proactively generate positive PR around its exceptional students, gay and straight. I believe strongly in the college’s potential to produce thoughtful leaders who will be prepared to contribute in great ways to the 21st century workforce, make informed decisions, gain the trust and confidence of their colleagues, and give back generously to the college.

Based on Messiah’s reaction to this issue, and the fact that this is even an issue to begin with, I will no longer financially support the institution. I will encourage other alumni to consider the same stance.

My education at Messiah helped me to recognize how narrow-minded my theology was before I came to Messiah. Part of this recognition was around the issue sexual orientation as I realized that what I thought was a clear biblical precedent against homosexual behavior was not nearly as clear cut as what I had been led to believe. It is thanks to Messiah that I learned the importance for Christians to be open to all children of God, and I hope that students, faculty, and administrators at Messiah are able to consider together what it might mean to make Messiah an inclusive place for everyone, regardless of sexuality.

I am grateful for my Messiah College education that stimulated and challenged my thinking largely because I was granted many opportunities to confront different opinions and different life experiences.  However, while there I was so naive to the LGBT experience that there were certain classmates who I saw struggling socially or personally at Messiah but never understood quite why until years later when they came out.  Having had the opportunity since to work with, befriend, and learn from diverse members of the LGBT community, I regret that that opportunity was not granted to me at Messiah College.  I further regret what while I lacked the ability identify or label the differences I saw in LGBT classmates, that their struggles to discover or embrace their own identities in that environment must have been great indeed.

I find the phrase “homosexual behavior” offensive. If this term can’t be applied to all sexual orientations then it has no place in Messiah College Covenant.

Though I could write an essay expressing how deeply and passionately I feel about Messiah College administration addressing the issues outlined in this petition, I will be brief. I would first like to state that while this petition was prompted by recent media coverage, it is long overdue. Regardless of media coverage and the accuracy or inaccuracy of it, there is a large alumni community that has been asking for a long time for Messiah to be truly inclusive and promote reconciliation for all people. It has been very disappointing to me that in conversations  with Messiah administration about this issue, funding has been a point of conversation. However, since administration does consider funding, please look at the prayers of your alumni here. Yes, most of us are young alum and most likely do not make large contributions to the school. However, we are Messiah’s future trustees and contributing alumni. I for one, after much prayer and consideration, do not feel I would be a good steward of my resources if I made contributions to an institution that does not embrace all of humanity as God has created them.

At Messiah I learned how to love people better than I knew before.  I’m a better nurse because of Messiah.  And it breaks my heart to know that Messiah could be so hurtful in its treatment of others.  In all facets of my life, my motto is “love all, serve all.”  Messiah taught me to live up to that lofty standard, and I only ask now that Messiah live up to it as well.

I believe that embracing the sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni is vital to fostering loving and healthy families and relationships within our community and our world. Thank you to those of you who have put together ia and this petition to give us the chance to express what the Messiah College mission means to us.

“Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man.”
This is my favorite quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my favorite books. As a social worker, it reminds me of why I do what I do…that my faith drives everything I do. I may not like everyone I meet or like everything they do, but I know at the end of the day…I would not be able to go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help people…to love people. Thanks for doing this. It’s imperative work.

My experience at Messiah was overall, positive, however, there were instances especially looking back where I was targeted unfairly.  I had not declared any orientation, nor had any sexual behavior but was confronted by a group in the form of an intervention because they thought they knew something about me I did not yet know about myself.  I was told that I was wrong for my “unnatural” connection to my female friends and lost many important people to me, due the group’s assumptions and accusations. To be fair, I was unsure and frightened of who I may be at the time, did not ask for help specific for me, but had identified others and confused sought guidance from an instructor as to how to address know sexual behavior between same sex individuals.  My concerns were ignored. The lack of address or education about sexuality in general and in particular issues related to LGBTQ community, left me feeling bewildered and alone.  My heart aches still, for the losses. I am so pleased and grateful for this petition and sign in respect for those I hurt and for the ones who are afraid to sign now. Most importantly, I sign for me.

I will never donate to Messiah College unless these changes are made.

Your policy toward the LGBTQ community is shameful and un-Christlike. I left my faith in enormous part because of this type of behavior defining the Christian faith community. I want no part of it.

I recognize that the college’s reluctance to change their policies and behavioral standards is not mere dithering.  However, I wish to stand in solidarity with my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

I am so thankful for my experience at Messiah College.  I don’t believe I could have had a more formative, enriching, and holistic experience anywhere else.  My time there continues to impact and inform who I am and am becoming. I say this, however, with the realization that I am a white, heterosexual male – a majority demographic that has arguably fared the best in American history – and that my experience hasn’t necessarily been the norm for other minority groups.  I believe Messiah College should strive to use language that is inclusive of all groups and orientations.  Inclusion does not have to be an endorsement of destructive or sinful behavior either.  It is the right and fair thing to do. And I believe the requests in this petition are practical and fair.

The nervousness I feel in publicly supporting this, thinking about who might see and judge, makes me ashamed when I remember what my LGBTQ friends have to endure. I used to believe that being gay was sinful, but eventually the weakness of supporting versus combined with my growing understanding of God’s love convinced me of the opposite.  And I could never doubt the sincerity of the LGBTQ Christians I know. Since it was the people at Messiah who taught me so much about love and community, I have faith that this movement can do good.

In April of ’07 the Soul Force Equality Ride visited Messiah college. Following their visit I hosted its participants as well as others from the LGBTQ Messiah College community at the Restoration House for a LGBTQ gathering/potluck. At that time I also received support from the student body president for hosting this gathering. It may be that this experience was a glimpse of what Messiah College could be or what it is capable of accomplishing. We need to continue pushing for events and dialogue like that in order to continue to challenge the Administration, Trustees and community to rethink it’s stance on these critical issues.

This is very long overdue.  I’m convinced folks at Messiah know this is the right thing to do, but are scared to act on it.  Take the courageous steps with faith in God, please.

I spent two years at Messiah and was elected Student Government President in Spring 1999.  Soon after I was outed and after a series of unfortunate events regarding the fact that I was gay, I made the decision to leave Messiah in July 1999.  I am not technically an alum, but I wish I was.  Messiah still holds a special place in my heart.

As a seminarian and someone whose passion and interest in issues of Christian ethics and social justice were sparked at Messiah College, it is sad for me to see such a gaping hole in the school’s general trend towards an ethic of service and equality.

I belong to an open and affirming church and I would love to see my alma mater move in that direction.

I firmly believe that those of us who happen to be in “the majority” carry the responsibility to both acknowledge our privilege and not abuse it by proclaiming that we are the standard of normality. Although I am generally proud of my alma mater and have donated in the past, I have chosen to withhold future donations until the college chooses to end the embedded discrimination towards the LGBTQ community.

I have experienced a long journey away from my fears as a student at Messiah College in the 60’s to a wonderful realization of fulfilled life as a gay (legally married to my husband) man.

These covenant and community changes should also apply to faculty and staff of the college.  The college’s past actions towards LGTBQ members of its own community have been legalistic,  compassionless and have damaged relationships and faith in the institution as a whole.

Though I never experienced bullying from my fellow students, as a lesbian at a Christian college, I was unable to fully engage in my undergrad experience for fear of “exposing” my sexuality for fear of being chastised for breaking the Community Covenant. When my sexual orientation was discovered by a few of my co-RAs in my sophomore year, I was denied the opportunity to continue serving my peers in any leadership capacity (RA/ALC) without renouncing my sexuality, which of course is impossible. It was largely for these reason that I graduated early so that I would be able to leave campus and live my life unashamed, just as God created me.

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Messiah. Great education, learned a lot outside my field, which might have had the most impact on me. I credit MC for helping me discover my values concerning social justice, etc. (by default, a few volunteer opportunities, handful of special profs and the MCPC program). I can only hope that Messiah will decide to provide others the same education and acceptance I received and be an example to all of what inclusivity and love really is.

When I was at Messiah, the president of the student body was forced to step down and leave the school, because he was gay.  I was amazed that so few students thought his treatment to be unfair. Messiah is a wonderful school. Let’s make it even better by improving the treatment of LGBTQ students!

I am a lesbian woman, and will simply say that I would be very proud of Messiah, if it were to become an “inclusive” school, one in which all were welcomed – not just in action, but in language as well.

As a student there 20 years ago I admit to being oblivious to this issue. However, as a visiting faculty member who filled in for a 1-year teaching position approx. 10 years ago, I did notice a handful of students who were LGBT and appeared marginalized by other students. I believe it’s hypocritical to uphold a “”community”” covenant while also supporting the marginalization and exclusion of LGBTQ students for simply being exactly who the Creator designed them to be…

I’m embarrassed, both personally and professionally, to be affiliated with a school that does not support social justice issues FOR ALL!