Leader steps down

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The board of the Adam Foundation has announced that it’s president, A.J. DeLaOsa, has stepped down from his responsibilities in order to take on a career advancement in Florida. Vice President Larry Boles will take the helm.

“While I know The Adam Foundation will continue to shine, it is with a heavy heart that I leave our great community of Winston-Salem. However, I am excited to announce the leadership of AF continues to be strong, and I trust the skills and talents of Larry Boles as he takes center ring for the remainder of the year,” DeLaOsa said.

Work is still underway on numerous fronts for the foundation. They are in the height of grant season, as well as collaboration discussions with Equality Winston-Salem and AIDS Care Service. One long-term goal has finally come to fruition, the Adam Legacy Endowment Fund. It was launched with $25,000 and the foundation will have a summer kick off for a year-long campaign.

info: adamfoundation.org.

Church says ‘no’ to weddings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On March 17, Green Street United Methodist Church, 639 S. Green St., issued a statement on marriage saying that it is not going to perform weddings there until everyone can marry, thereby standing in “solidarity with LGBTQ members.”

In a formal release the church said: “On the matter of same-sex marriage, Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal position of state government and the theological position of our denomination. North Carolina prohibits same-sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings. The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same- sex couples.”

The release further said that the United Methodist Church “prohibits its pastors from conducting same-sex wedding, excluding gay and lesbian couples from the holy sacrament of marriage.” The Leadership Council “has asked the pastor to refrain from conducting wedding ceremonies in [the Green Street] sanctuary for straight couples, until the denomination lifts its ban for same-sex couples.”

Currently, Green Street stands as the only reconciling congregation in the Western Carolina Conference. Their LGBTQ membership has grown in recent years.

To read the complete statement and other documents, visit greenstreetchurch.org. : :

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.