Choros History: “Alumni Discuss Choros Roots”
The intent of Choros is not to champion a particular agenda, perspective, or policy, but rather to extend Taylor University’s commitment to whole-person formation within a nurturing Christian community to issues of sexuality. With humility, gentleness, and patience, our hope is to serve the strengthening of faith in Christ and the fellowship of believers, by means of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:1-3
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The Choros Affirmation
We recognize that some members of the Taylor University community have questions regarding the nature of human sexuality and desire a safe environment in which to discuss these questions.
We perceive a lack of fruitful conversation regarding human sexuality, perhaps due to a lack of consistent or structured opportunities for transparent discussion
The Taylor community has the opportunity to grow in facilitating a safe environment through structured conversation in order to honestly discuss issues which concern our identity as humans and followers of Christ.
We seek to advance the Taylor University mission to develop student leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to all people.
Within our community the greatest expression of fellowship and the highest principle for relationships is love. Since God first loved us, we ought to demonstrate love toward one another as fellow divine image bearers (1 John 3:11, 16, 18; 4:7-21).
We share a common commitment to the cultivation of koinonia and the development of relationships that seek to build one another up, respond graciously to one another, care for one another, respect one another, and speak truth to one another in love. We desire to participate in the healing of broken relationships to pursue reconciliation, restoration, and restitution within our community.
We recognize that Scripture encourages an attitude of humility and faith seeking understanding. Towards this end, we seek to interact respectfully with one another regardless of any individual’s perspective.
We wish to pursue peace with an attitude of love and humility in keeping with Colossians 3:12-17:
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The intent of the group is not to champion a particular agenda, perspective, or policy, but rather to extend the university’s commitment to whole-person formation within a nurturing Christian community to issues of sexuality. With humility, gentleness, and patience, our hope is to serve the strengthening of faith in Christ and the fellowship of believers, by means of the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3).
The group will seek to learn, listen, and act from a convicted posture of humility towards learning how to respect those who hold different perspectives and beliefs. In keeping with this commitment, the group wishes to pursue equal treatment for all who participate in the Taylor University community. Finally, the group seeks to establish an environment conducive to furthering reconciliation through mutual relationship building.
In response to the context outlined above, we aim to foster a safe place, open to people of all perspectives and experiences, for an earnest discussion of human sexuality, sexual attraction, and gender identity, within the context of Christian discipleship.
We seek thereby to grow in our understanding of the difficulties and realities attending issues of sexuality and participate in the Holy Spirit’s work of healing wounds within the Taylor University community.
In conversation with Student Development, consider the potential value of more formal programming, campus-wide discussions, lectures, presentations, and other means of facilitating further growth and reconciliation in the Taylor community regarding issues of human sexuality.