BEREA, Ohio — The board of trustees for Baldwin Wallace University ended the schools formal ties with the United Methodist Church last week.
According to a press release from the school, the board vote came in response to the conference decision in February to tighten church prohibitions on same-sex marriage and exclusion of LGBTQ people from clergy. The board also sought input from faculty, staff, students and alumni before today’s vote.
“BW’s Methodist founders were committed to inclusion 174 years ago,” said Charles Rotuno, chair of the board of trustees. “While we value the relationship that we have had with the United Methodist Church, we’ve concluded that becoming an independent university will allow the BW community to continue to fully embrace and embody the values of diversity and inclusion today and always.”
A Methodist chapel will remain part of the campus and a Methodist minister will remain as chaplain. But the university is independent of the UMC.
Baldwin Wallace University is a private, liberal arts-based college located in Berea, Ohio, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certificates and professional education programs.