As a Christ-centered liberal arts community, William Jessup University shares a common set of beliefs, values, and goals.
William Jessup University represents a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, board members and other affiliates. This Community Covenant chapter on Unity in Diversity guides the standards and behaviors expected of board members, students, and employees of William Jessup University regarding their attitude and conduct toward the diversity of races, ethnicities, national cultures, genders, disabilities, denominations, and theologies represented in the University community and is subject to the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Statement of Faith, and adopted Board policies.
This Community Covenant chapter on Unity in Diversity is rooted in the following foundational assumptions:
- All people have been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and are worthy of human dignity, honor, and respect. (Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Psalm 139:14; James 3-9).
- All people have sinned, fall short of the glory of God, and are in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23,6:23)
- The ability to know God, and to be reconciled with Him, is afforded to all people through a relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of race, culture, history, or background. (John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6).
- God’s design for humankind is that our primary identity is in Christ. (Colossians 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Genesis 1:27, 1 John 3:1-2) Christ’s sacrifice for all humankind unifies believers in Christ in a common humanity through Him. (1 John 2:2; John 3:16; Acts 2:42-47).
- Once unified in Christ, our differences in race, ethnicity, national culture, gender, and denomination are reasons for celebration, as this multiplicity of differences is represented in the Kingdom of Heaven and will be represented in the Kingdom of God upon Christ’s return. (Galatians 3:27-28, Revelation 7:9).