In Response to HB2
April 24, 2016
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
In response to North Carolina House Bill 2 (Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act) signed by Governor Pat McCrory on March 23, 2016, the Vestry and Clergy of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Center City Charlotte unanimously join countless others in the urgent call for a repeal of said legislation by the North Carolina General Assembly.
It is our opinion that such discrimination, regardless of what norms have been observed in the past, is incongruent with our understanding of The Baptismal Covenant in which we vow with God to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. It is divergent from our prayer “for the human family” in which we offer, “O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” It does not align with our Parish Vision to become a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. In light of these three positions, we respectfully call for a repeal of HB2.
It is our hope that justice for each member of the human family will become imbedded in the hearts and minds of our elected officials, and that facts, not fear, will be the foundation on which future laws are adopted.
Today, several parishioners will attend “Shining Our Light: A Multifaith Gathering to Repeal HB2,” sponsored by Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, Freedom Center for Social Justice, and ACLU of NC, at Myers Park Baptist Church beginning at 3:45 p.m. We respectfully invite our own parishioners, the Diocese of North Carolina, the Episcopal Church, and all who share our same concerns about HB2 to speak if not act in the name of equal human rights for all.
The Vestry and Clergy of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Candace Armstrong, Abigail Cudabac, Paige Ghareeb, John Hall, Irma Hoffman, Des Keller, Paul Keller, Dave Lavoie, Nelda Leon, Bert Miano, Michael Koppenal, Kristine Reid, The Rev. Keith C. Lane, The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, The Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer, The Rev. L. Murdock Smith.