Religion and Diversity
Allegheny College Statement of Community:
Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms.
As Allegheny College prepares a new generation of leaders to face a diverse world, nowhere is that diversity more evident than in religion. Neighbors today may as easily be Buddhist or Muslim as Baptist or Methodist. Differences arise within religious communities, as well, over such hot button issues as sexual orientation and abortion.
At Allegheny College, we take seriously the challenge of creating a community of respect around these differences, and recognize that diversity itself is integral to both academic excellence and the holistic development we espouse. Each person and department is asked to commit to the College’s Statement of Community, and to consider its specific application for our work.
For Spiritual and Religious Life, the Statement of Community means we do not shy away from difficult conversations around sexual orientation, abortion, or religious pluralism, but we continue to seek productive means of engagement – not for the purpose of changing or silencing each other, but of hearing each other with honesty, openness, and sometimes with pain, while being willing to confront our own biases.
Through such encounters, we hope to make Allegheny a community of safety and hospitality for persons of all identities and beliefs, and to equip students with the tools to engage in such conversations when they leave here.