Diversity & Inclusion
Regarding Recent Events
June 2, 2020
Racism is not a Christian value. Racism is antithetical to our faith and our tradition as a United Brethren in Christ denominational school. Huntington University stands for Truth. The truth is that all people are created by God with equal inherent and eternal value. In Scripture, we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. We cannot be silent when the lives of African Americans in our communities are being disproportionally threatened, challenged, and harmed every day throughout this country.
We call on the people of God to unite to end racist behaviors, policies, and practices in our communities. We ask God to forgive us for any part that our words, our actions, or our silence have played in contributing to a narrative that supports or promotes the types of abhorrent actions that continue to be displayed too frequently across our nation. We ask for God to give us a new heart and a renewed mind to stand for righteousness in a world that diminishes people’s importance because of the color of their skin.
May all of God’s people be affirmed as we stand together for Truth.
- Huntington University
Huntington University is a strong community because of the integral part individuals from a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds have in our story. We are not colorblind, and we wouldn’t want to be. A tapestry’s beauty comes from the different shades and blends of the string that creates it.
Inclusion started in the Garden of Eden when God created humankind in His image. Humankind. Regardless of our color or creed, hometown or heritage, voice or vocation, God created us in His image. As God’s people, we must embrace all humankind as we would embrace God. We must love one another, learn from one another, stand alongside one another, defend one another, rejoice with one another, and grieve with one another.
We believe that God’s Word calls us to:
- Recognize that we are the unified Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 4)
- Live in harmony with one another as the Body of Christ (Psalms 133:1, 1 Corinthians 12:24-25, 1 Peter 3:8)
- Reconcile socioeconomic, ethnic, national, racial, and gender differences within the Body of Christ (Romans 2:9-11, Ephesians 2:16, Colossians 3:11)
- Fulfill our relationship with the world through reconciliation, peacemaking, and love (Amos 5:14-15, John 13:34-35, 17:20-23, 1 John 3:11, Philippians 2:4)
- Recognize that every nation, tribe, people, and language will stand before the throne of God in worship (Revelation 7:9-11)
For this reason, it is our purpose and responsibility to foster an environment that reflects the unity of the Body of Christ and values all members of our community.