The pastor, and his wife, of Winston-Salem’s Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship are planning to leave the city and head back north, to Indiana.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports, in a story entitled “Couple made mark while here”:

[Charlie] Davis said he and his wife have decided to return to their northern roots. He has accepted a job as a pastor in West Lafayette, Ind., which is two hours south of Chicago, he said. His last day here will be Aug. 8.

“One of the definitions of a Unitarian Universalist is we’re a religion of deeds, not creeds,” he said.


Davis recently took part in a protest against the YMCA of Northwest North Caroina’s membership policy on same sex couples.

In 2004, he stopped performing legal marriages, those recognized by the state as between a man and woman, he said. He does a religious service at the church for heterosexual and gay couples.

He is sensitive to regulations around the institution of marriage, he said, because as an interracial couple, he and his wife could not have been legally married until the 1960s.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.