Augustana College will now allow same-gender weddings and "blessings of unions" on campus. President Steven Bahls notified faculty, staff and students of the decision to allow same-sex ceremonies after a recommendation from campus chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass Perez. The school, located in Rock Island, Ill. Listen Listening Priggie tells WNIJ that two gay couples expressed interest in having a ceremony, and that led him to push for the President's approval.
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Two religiously affiliated colleges -- Augustana College and the University of the South -- decide whether to permit the blessing of same-sex unions in campus churches. All Saints' Chapel at the University of the South is a five-story Gothic church with vaulted ceilings and a stained-glass window that mimics the cathedrals of Europe. Located at the center of campus at the college, known as Sewanee, it is a prominent reminder of the university's link to the Episcopal Church. Since July, the chapel has also been at the center of a conundrum at the college: Given the disagreements within the Episcopal Church over blessing same-sex relationships, should the university allow such blessings at All Saints'? A handful of mainline Protestant denominations allow the blessing of same-sex relationships, or at least do not forbid it, leaving the ultimate decision up to local authorities like bishops or to individual congregations. Many colleges already restrict chapel weddings to students, graduates and employees.
While not necessarily on a whim, it was a decision that came somewhat out of the blue. Tuesday of last week, while trying to decide how to spend my Wednesday, I thought of Augustana College. It dawned on me that in two more than two years of life and ministry in Iowa, I had never been to Augustana College for ministry. Rock Island is part of the Quad Cities metroplex and only about 15 minutes from my house, just on the opposite side of the Mississippi River. Augustana College has a student population of about 2,
Updated: August 4, pm. Joe Bright, a gay Augustana College student who graduated from Erie High School in , talked in an email Thursday about his experience in the district and his thoughts on the school board's decision to ban an anti-bullying book because of gay content. Entering his senior year at Augustana, Mr. Bright is majoring political science and international business.