Welcoming, LGBTQ-Friendly Church
College Park Baptist Church fully welcomes and affirms all persons without distinction regarding race, ethnicity, national origin, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other human category.
College Park has been affirming and welcoming of all for many years. Our LGBTQ-friendly church has many LGBTQ members, in addition to gay/lesbian ministers, deacons and staff members. In 2000, Michael Usey’s Bible & Homosexuality Study provided important conversations not only for our members, but for the community and across the world. In early 2012, we fought hard against passage of Amendment One in NC. In 2016, we fought for the repeal of HB2 and held a rally more than 1,000 packing the sanctuary (see videos below). We perform same-sex weddings, and welcome many that have been beaten up by the Bible at other churches! The photo above shows three wonderful weddings at College Park, including our Associate Minister Lin Story-Bunce and her wife Caryanne in 2014.
Unity Flag – Supporting basic human and civil rights for all people.
- Alliance of Baptists – Unity Flag a Symbol of Justice for All
Greensboro Against HB2
Watch the finale of the Rally Against HB2 at College Park on April 3, 2016 with an overflow crowd and plenty of excitement (read more about HB2):
Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens and friends sing at the Rally Against HB2:
The Fight Against Amendment One (2012)
In April 2012, College Park held a citywide Rally Against Amendment One (photo above) that drew 700+ to hear Dr. Rev. William Barber, President NC NAACP. We worked with other faith leaders in the community to fight the passage of this Amendment to prevent same sex marriages. While the Amendment as passed in the state (but defeated in Greensboro), it was ruled unconstitutional in 2014.
Our Rev. Michael Usey preached several sermons against it. Listen to one below from February 2012. “Prejudice and discrimination against Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered persons is morally repugnant and the very opposite of God’s love.” – Rev Michael Usey
Dr. William Barber preaches at our Rally Against Amendment One, April 17, 2012
College Park Resolution Against Amendment One (Amendment to the 14th Article of the NC Constitution)
Voted unanimously by members of College Park Baptist Church, March 14, 2012
- WHEREAS College Park Baptist Church (CPBC), Greensboro, NC is an American Baptist Church, and a congregation seeking to follow Jesus and live by his commandments, and
- WHEREAS the congregation of CPBC supports families and equality, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, and
- WHEREAS CPBC has historically taken a public stand on controversial issues, fighting prejudice, discrimination, and social injustice because of our belief that loving God means loving all people, and
- WHEREAS our Baptist heritage has taught us the importance of the separation of church and state, and of opposing any government intervention in faith and personal decisions, and that within a body of believers it is sometimes necessary to agree to disagree, while accepting the decisions of the majority in the name of Christian unity; therefore be it
- RESOLVED College Park Baptist Church publicly opposes the passage of Amendment One, which states, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State,” furthering our witness by joining with millions of Christians like us who believe that prejudice and discrimination is morally repugnant and contrary to God’s love.
College Park has a long history of standing against discrimination. Just after the historic Greensboro sit-ins in February 1960, College Park adopted the following resolution:
1960 Resolution in Response to the Greensboro Sit-Ins
Believing that Baptists have historically embraced a way of life and faith which recognizes that the worth and dignity of all persons is at the core of the Christian’s outlook toward his fellow man; and believing that the moral fiber of our community is strengthened by the willingness of Christians to stand against social injustice, we make the following relative to our position on the refusal of service to orderly patrons of food service establishments:
- We commend all those businesses which have demonstrated a willingness to assume a role of responsible leadership in respecting human dignity.
- We, therefore, refuse to eat where others are being refused service; and appeal to each individual that according to his conscience he support those merchants who seek to practice equality.
- Moreover, we implore our people not only to refrain from eating where others are refused, but also to work actively for the elimination of racial prejudice and intolerance.”