Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
Choir member, Jan Chamberlin, sings for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced her resignation on Facebook Thursday.
“Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul,” she wrote.
”The choir’s participation in the inauguration would “severely damage” its “image and networking,” she continued. Adding to that statement she said that ” [many] good people throughout this land and throughout the world already do and will continue to feel betrayed. … I know that I too feel betrayed.”
Sister Chamberlin has been a member of the choir for 5 years. Church spokesman, Eric Hawkins tells The Salt Lake Tribune that “Participation in the choir, including the performance at the Inauguration, is voluntary,” he said in a statement Thursday. ”Only a limited number of choir members are participating (the number is limited by the inaugural committee), and none are required to participate.”