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The 5 Most Liberal Presbyterian Colleges in America

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:08 PM

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has increasingly grown into one of the most liberal denominations in Christianity. As recently as March 2015, after a lengthy debate, the church voted to include same-sex marriage in its church constitution, expanding its definition of marriage to include homosexual and lesbian couples for the first time, according to CBS News. The vote followed the endorsement of the redefinition of marriage by the General Assembly, the denomination’s top legislative body, in 2014.

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With the denomination progressively swinging to the left on issues like sexual identity, marriage and ordination of women as clergy, it comes as no surprise that Presbyterian Church colleges and universities are following its lead. Below is a sampling of five of the most liberal Presbyterian Christian colleges in America.

1. Macalester College

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester prides itself on pushing liberal points of view and diversity among its student body. Its progressive list of student organizations includes the ACLU, Amnesty International, a black liberation committee, an AIDS awareness group, a club working to legalize marijuana, Feminists in Action, a pro-choice group, Muslim and Jewish student associations, a progressive theology club, a Unitarian Church group, a Socialist organization, a multi-faith club, a pro-Palestinian state association, a Buddhist community and a queer union for LGBTQA students.

2. Lake Forest College

Despite its status as a Presbyterian school, this suburban Chicago institution appears as pluralistic as any non-sectarian college in the country. The Christian college offers organizations for Muslims, Jews, religious skeptics and LGBTQA students, according to the Lake Forest website.

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3. Bloomfield College

Nestled in Bloomfield, New Jersey, this tight-knit school embraces diversity across a variety of categories, including sexual identity and sexual orientation through organizations like Show Your Colors, an LGBT group.

4. Tulsa University


Found in the heart of Oklahoma, Tulsa provides religious and spiritual diversity in addition to an LGBT alliance organization for students. Associations for Islam, Judaism, atheists, and agnostics are available, as well as groups for Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, and non-denominational students.

5. Wooster College

Founded in 1866, the Wooster, Ohio, institution is a liberal bastion for diversity and inclusion. In fact, its Center for Diversity and Global Engagement will soon be renamed the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and will be adding an LGBTQ/Sexual Respect position to further highlight the school’s commitment to raising awareness and promoting sexual orientation on its campus.

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