The thrust of the conflict was simple enough. An evangelical Christian university, Trinity Western, nestled a few miles outside of Vancouver, sought to open a law school. To ensure their graduates could practise, the university applied to law societies throughout the country so as to win approval for their degree.
Many societies did approve the program, a few did not. The reason for the denials was chiefly Trinity’s “covenant,” or honour code. I recently read the document. It’s short and an elegant statement of how Christians called to study can together live the spirit of the Gospel. As they put it,