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


February 15, 2012 | bpfna

Myers 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.

The February 25 event, the first of three planned events in the campaign, is focused on Amendment One, which would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples in North Carolina. That amendment is scheduled to be on the NC primary ballot on May 8, 2012. Along with the national groups named above, The Human Rights Campaign, Protect NC Families, and the Faith and Justice Servant Leadership Group of Myers Park Baptist Church are also involved in planning this event.

The day's purpose will be to gather Baptists against Amendment One and equip them to inform others about the full implications of the amendment. Highlights will include a diverse panel of speakers to discuss why the amendment is bad for North Carolina and against fundamental Baptist beliefs, as well as a "Story-telling Workshop" to train participants on how to tell their stories and start respectful conversations on the issues. 

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person. All donations will go toward the campaign. While all people of faith are invited to attend, it will be a Baptist-focused event in hopes to offer a new narrative and change the perception of the Baptist faith as a monolithically conservative tradition. 

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