Earlham College was founded in 1847 by Indiana Quakers. The College and later the School of Religion (founded in 1960) grew up under the nurture and stewardship of Indiana and Western Yearly Meetings. Both yearly meetings have provided Earlham with extraordinary leadership, especially on its Board of Trustees. We respect this history and are deeply grateful for it.
In the second half of the 20th century, Earlham grew beyond its Indiana roots, seeking students and faculty from across the United States and from dozens of other countries. Earlham continues to understand itself as a Quaker institution of higher education, and now looks to serve not only Quakers in Indiana but also Quakers across the United States and beyond.
Earlham aspires to be in a covenant relationship with Quaker Yearly Meetings, providing to those yearly meetings what an institution of higher education can provide to worship communities, and drawing from these yearly meetings, in turn, what worship communities can provide to an institution of higher education.
A. What Earlham promises
B. What Indiana Yearly Meeting promises
Earlham and Indiana Yearly Meeting are encouraged to review and renew this covenant from time to time to keep it a fresh and useful statement of mutual commitment.