Chapel of the Cross institutes weapons policy
The vestry has adopted a weapons policy for Chapel of the Cross buildings and events. The following resolution passed unanimously at the December 2017 vestry meeting:
Whereas, the Vestry of the Chapel of the Cross believes it is important for the church and the broader community to have a clear policy regarding the possession of weapons at church events; Now therefore it is resolved that the possession of weapons on the property of the church or at any church-sponsored event is strictly prohibited, with the exception that this policy shall not apply to law enforcement officers on duty or to events held in private homes.
As part of this policy, signs have been posted at entrances: No weapons permitted on property.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” So says Jesus to his disciples in John 14:27. Because Christians are called to inhabit the peace of Jesus Christ, the rector, clergy, wardens, and vestry of The Chapel of the Cross declare the entire campus at 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill as ‘weapon-free’ (inclusive of all worship, fellowship, administration, education, and outdoor spaces).
In obedience to Jesus’ command that his disciples turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), and bound by our baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305), we direct that no gun or other instrument of violence shall be carried by church members, clergy, staff, or visitors on the church campus.
We make this declaration in accordance with resolution D003 of the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church* as a witness to the transformative capacity of Christian non-violence, and as an expression of our on-going commitment to mark the Chapel of the Cross as “a house of prayer and praise,” set apart “for the ministry of [God’s] holy Word and Sacraments” (BCP, p. 567).
* “Resolved, that the 77th General Convention requests every parish and every diocesan place of work to declare their establishments as Gun Free Zones.”