All are invited to witness Charlotte’s MLK Holiday Parade tomorrow morning in front of St. Peter’s Church. Start time is 10:30 a.m. and I will be there no later than 10:00 a.m. Sunday’s liturgies will include the Collect appointed for his feast day in Holy Women, Holy Men. On Monday, a brief celebration of the Holy Eucharist will be offered at 11:30 a.m., followed by this month’s Center City Concert “Gospels, Spirituals, and Classics” performance by soprano Helen Goldsby at Noon. All that we offer, and whatever you are able to attend, undoubtedly will bring blessing and be a holy reminder of the invitation that we have to co-create the beloved community in response to God’s Drem.
Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly disagree with their position. Our prophetic witness and understanding of full inclusion of LGBT members of the body of Christ causes them great distress for a host of reasons. Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, offered a powerful reflection on this decision in this video on our diocesan website. For a deep understanding of the matter, I commend this editorial from Episcopal Cafe, which also includes Bishop Curry’s response to his peers. Next week, I will share a response from our Bishop Diocesan Pro Tempore, The Right Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector