United Methodist Affiliation
Open minds. Open hearts.
People have asked whether Cornell will remain affiliated with The United Methodist Church in light of the denomination's Feb. 2019 international vote denying full-inclusion of glbt persons (the majority of U.S. delegates voted for full inclusion). Like other UMC affiliated colleges, universities, and seminaries in the U.S., Cornell is waiting to see whether an alternative, truly inclusive, national version of The United Methodist Church will form by UMC General Conference 2020. This wait period gives time for those working hard within the denomination to create an alternative, caring, and inclusive way forward.
Cornell students, faculty, and staff represent diversely religious, spiritual-but-not-religious, and secular perspectives. A historically United Methodist affiliated college, Cornell values this diversity as part of the educational experience and strives to build authentic caring community, mutual appreciation, and respect as we live together amid our religious, cultural, political and other differences. This is one of the many ways we prepare lives for global citizenship, servant leadership, and reconciling virtue in an interdependent, diverse world.
The chaplain provides pastoral care, spiritual guidance and healing, and compassionate listening to students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds--including the non-religious. This care is offered amid life's unfolding, joys, questioning, and storms; amid fear and wonder; amid the search for purpose, courage, love, healing, connectedness to others and the world, and signs that this universe and our lives (no matter how messy or confusing) are crammed full of meaning and significant worth.
United Methodist Church links:
A History of the Relationship Between Cornell College and The United Methodist Church
The General Board of Higher Education & Ministry
The Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Student Loans & Scholarships