Wedgewood Church has one of the most diverse, liberal congregations in Charlotte.
Wedgewood Church is an United Church of Christ congregation. They invite all worshipers from many different backgrounds of faith — Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, and atheist.
Pastor Chris Ayers says he considers himself the luckiest pastor ever. He has lead what he describes as of one the most diverse, liberal congregations in Charlotte since 1989. Liberal can take on many different meanings, but to the folks at Wedgewood Church, liberal is not about being a Democrat. Liberal is about being compassionate and recognizing that as a liberal Christian, you cannot separate faith from politics. In other words, it’s not all about heaven.
Wedgewood Church refuses to be silent about current events on their message board in front of the church.
Their recent message is a response to recent killings of black people. Pastor Chris sympathizes with his African- American congregation and their need to matter in today’s society. Wedgewood Church says that the world isn’t black and white and one sign can’t change the world, but at least people will pass by and hopefully have conversations about it. The message board came about because they felt the need to respond to what was going on at the time. One of the most memorable signs was “No one needs a AK47.”
Wedgewood has dealt with hate crimes and vandalism in the past, but this hasn’t stop them and quite frankly it won’t. Pastor Chris says that Jesus focused on the marginalized and the people that had been shun. This is no different from his congregation. They seek to accept everyone no matter their background, sexual preference, race, or anything that tries to divide us.