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NC Baptists Against Amendment One Panelists Interviews

February 28, 2012 | Watch interviews with panelists from the February 25 event NC Baptists Against Amendment One. Interviews completed by the RACE TO THE BALLOT team. Ken Godwin, Professor of Public Policy, UNC Charlotte Chaz Seale, Vice Chairman, Rev. Dr. Stephen Shoemaker, Senior Minister, Myers Park Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Ricky Woods, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church-West Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber, Pastor for Preaching Justice & Worship, Wake Forest University Baptist Church Read more »

Debate over N.C. Vote on Marriage Arrives in Charlotte

February 27, 2012 | From the Charlotte Observer Sunday, February 26, 2012 By Michael Gordon As debate builds around a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting same-sex marriage in North Carolina, the campaigns on both sides of the vote have come to Charlotte to make their cases. On Saturday, speakers at a statewide rally at Myers Park Baptist Church, a liberal congregation, called on voters to keep discrimination out of "the foundational legal document of our state," said the Rev. Steve Shoemaker, the church's pastor. And while the amendment is designed to restrict same-sex marriage, they said, its passage has implications for all unmarried couples, heterosexuals included. Read more »

NC Baptists Against Amendment One: Saturday, February 25, 2012

February 15, 2012 | NC Baptists Against Amendment One: Justice, Equality & Personal FreedomMyers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. will host NC Baptists Against Amendment One: Justice, Equality and Personal Freedom on February 25, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a part of the national Many Voices, One Love campaign sponsored by the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA), and the Alliance of Baptists. Amendment One bans all legal recognition for all unmarried couples. It states,"Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state." Anyone who falls outside of this definition could potentially be harmed. Read more »

Love in Action: Boycott Against Starbucks Launches February 14

February 14, 2012 | The National Gun Victimís Action Council (NGAC), along with allies in the faith community and secular groups, is calling for a boycott against Starbucks, its stores and its products. The boycott (BREW not BULLETS) will begin on February 14, 2012 and will end only when Starbucks bans all guns from its stores. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and to enforce safer gun laws. Read more »

Friendship Tour Update - A Third Postcard from Burma

February 5, 2012 | Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our members on Friendship Tours. Please read below for a third postcard from Julie Warner in Burma. Having flown from Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand, we took the day bus from Bangkok to Mae Sot, a 7-hour trip. There we made a short visit to the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot where we had a tour with Meredith Walsh. [Meredith grew up attending BPFNAís summer conference, ìPeace Campî. Her father, Tom Walsh, was a member of the first BPFNA board.] Read more »

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