Calvin professor leaves over worship rules

Faculty required to belong to Christian Reformed congregation
ACalvinCollege assistant professor who was denied an exemption from school policy that requires faculty to belong to theChristian ReformedChurch said she is leaving for a teaching position inCalifornia.

Calvin officials said a deal was in the works that would have allowed Denise Isom to stay at the university in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and maintain dual membership in her Baptist church and aCRC congregation.

“I think we made a reasonable proposal that would have worked for both of us,”Calvin president Gaylen Byker said. “I wish she had accepted that. If she makes another decision, that’s her right.”

After being denied an exemption last fall, Isom said she reviewed a draft of the proposal in January but had reservations. While considering it, she accepted an offer fromCal Poly University in San Luis Obispo to teach ethnic studies, she said.


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