USA – UNIVERSITY VOTES TO RETAIN CHRISTIAN WORDING ON DIPLOMAS

Barnabas Fund. The Board of Trustees at Trinity University, Texas, has voted to retain the words “in the year of our Lord” as part of the date on University diplomas after some of the students petitioned to have the phrase removed. The debate started in late 2009 when a graduating student, a convert to Islam, told a local newspaper that the “godly reference [on his diploma] came as a big surprise” because he had been assured that the school no longer held to a Christian identity. His cause was taken up by Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection, who told the media “By having the phrase ‘in the year of our Lord’, it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.” Trinity Diversity Connection respectfully requested that the wording be removed from diplomas, but on 23 April, the University Board voted that the phrase was appropriate given the history and heritage of the University. Although the University is governed by an independent board, it was founded by Presbyterians and still maintains links to that denomination.

• Give thanks that the Board voted to uphold the Christian heritage of the University and retain the wording on the diploma. 

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