Such differences in how people "follow the Lord"! The member of St. Mary of the Hills who conveyed this resolution to me, said, "This is not the kind of knee-jerk stuff you see from other communities of faith, where the in-favor position is based on “well, the Bible says it’s wrong, and God’s law demands...” removing the need to consider the victims of this amendment as actual human beings." Amen, bro.
The vestry of St. Mary of the Hills passed the following resolution at their April 17th meeting after thorough discussion over the past two meetings.
A Resolution against the proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
We, the Vestry of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, are called by our Baptismal Covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and we believe all people to be children of God.
The proposed Constitutional Amendment to be voted on May 8th, 2012, if passed, will enshrine discrimination and exclusion into our state constitution. Discrimination in any form directly contradicts what we believe as a community of faith.
To keep silent at this moment in our state's history is to endorse implicitly the likely harm this unnecessary and divisive amendment will cause.
And so, we as the Vestry of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church stand in opposition to the passage of this or any other such amendment to the North Carolina state constitution.