So there is an open position as an education librarian in my area at a Christian college. Part of the application is describing how your faith has lead to where you are in life and a lot of Christ-affirming things.
I’m curious what other folks think about questions like this in a job application…
I am still on the fence as to whether it is wrong or right for a religious institution to ask questions of this nature; however, I feel that having a similar set of religious beliefs would make working for said institution much easier, and also more fulfilling. I’d personally prefer to be able to fully support the mission of my employer. That said, as a Christian myself, I don’t think I would ever have an easy time working as a librarian for a Christian college, as I still have some very strong liberal beliefs, some of which may not be deemed acceptable or appropriate by their standards. I’d never want to feel the need to censor myself in such a way, or feel as though I needed to appear as more pious than I actually am. Of course, it is always great for young people to see all sorts of perspectives in life, but if the mission of the college is to promote Christianity and a major component of the curriculum focuses on that area, then it may very well be that a specific type of person would be qualified or better suited for the job. In that sense, I can see where someone’s religious background would be just as relevant as their other skills.
Then of course, I still have that nagging thought that it is discrimination. So yep, I’m on the fence, not jumping off any time soon.