This is interesting in light of the Union University departure:
WASHINGTON – The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is pleased to announce the inclusion of the following new member and affiliate campuses:
- Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have both joined the CCCU as members.
- Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, has joined the CCCU as an affiliate member.
The CCCU Board of Directors approved the admissions at its July meeting. Together these three institutions join 120 member campuses and 60 affiliate campuses from around the world in promoting Christian education.
Welcome aboard Harding University and Wisconsin Lutheran!
Addendum: Chris Gehrz just pointed out on Twitter that both Wisconsin Lutheran and Harding are conservative and traditional on marriage. Harding was mentioned in a New York Times article on gay identity at Christian colleges and Wisconsin Lutheran affirms that “homosexual lifestyle is a sin.” Yet these two schools have joined the CCCU precisely at the time that other schools, such as Union, are leaving over this issue.
Why is this the case?
It strikes me that both Harding University (Churches of Christ) and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Wisconsin Synod Lutheran) are from denominations that do not embrace a Reformed approach to cultural transformation in the way that Union does. I don’t know the Churches of Christ very well, but Lutherans do not tend to be culture warriors. Just a thought.