As we prepare to walk the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, please consider an additional way to walk the Way of compassionate justice— by working to support all NC families by working for the defeat of Amendment One.
At the March Vestry meeting, the Advocate Vestry voted unanimously to recommend the donation of $1500 from our Advocate Tithe to the work of the Coalition to Protect ALL NC Families (www.protectncfamilies.org)
Here are some suggestions:
1) Learn more: The Durham Convocation of the Diocese (of which the Advocate is a part) will be sponsoring and educational event on April 15, 2:30-4pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road in Durham. (at the Hillandale Road exit off I-85)
The Right Reverend Michael Curry and family law attorney,Sharon Thompson, will participate in a panel discussion of the proposed amendment to the NC State constitution, Amendment On. Also known as the Marriage Amendment, this proposalwill come before NC voters on the May 8th. Panelists will address the legal and theological dimensions of this proposal. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.
In January this year, the 196th
Diocesan Convention passed a resolution opposing Amendment One. The text is published here
To read the Advocate Vestry’s Resolution regarding Amendment One, click here
2) Volunteer at the phone bank:
The Orange County office of the Coalition to Protect All NC Families (http://www.protectncfamilies.org/) has established a regular time for group phoning at their office in Carrboro: 4:00-8:00 p.m. every day of the week. Will Carlson, the Orange County Field Organizer, asks that you contact him in advance to let him know you’re coming (so he can have materials ready for you). He can be reached at (919) 636-9246 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
.Tom Trueblood reports: Phoning is done at the Coalition office, which is actually the Orange County Democratic Party office, at 209 Lloyd Street, Suite 310.
Entrance is on the ground floor next to the parking lot behind 209 Lloyd Street. You should bring a cell phone. A laptop computer can also be useful because they can hook you up to a network that only connects you when a phone is answered, thus avoiding time spent on unanswered calls.
3) Get out the vote on May 8! Make no assumptions. Ask everyone you know and offer to help them get to the polls.