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BW ends 174-year Methodist affiliation from A1

May 01, 2019 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

Berea — After 174 years, Baldwin Wallace University is no longer affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Trustees voted Friday to sever ties, in reaction to a February church vote against allowing same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The “Traditional Plan” angered Methodist churches and schools nationwide, with many debating whether or not to leave the church.

“BW’s Methodist founders were committed to inclusion 174 years ago,” Charles Rotuno, the chair of BW’s board of tr...