Jacksonville, FL – In advance of the second Community Conversation on the Human Rights Ordinance held by Mayor Curry, a diverse group of prominent Jacksonville faith leaders will stand united at a press conference tomorrow to voice their support of passing an expanded and inclusive HRO. The group represents a growing coalition of more than 75 Jacksonville clergy and faith leaders standing strongly in support of adding protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity in Jacksonville.
For Rabbi Lief of Congregation Ahavath Chesed, it’s not a question of right or wrong when it comes to homosexuality. That’s a way it’s been framed in some religious circles, he said, but it’s about discrimination. “Our community, unfortunately, sent the message last time that some people aren’t deserving of protection,” he said. “I think everyone ought to be treated fairly and decently.”
Pastor R.L. Gundy of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church has changed his mind over time, saying it’s time to “move the city forward.” These pastors and rabbis are united and ready to support city leadership in bringing about positive change that will benefit the city of Jacksonville.
Press conference in advance of mayor’s town hall
Pastor R.L Gundy – Mount Sinai Baptist Church
Rabbi Joshua Lief – Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Rev. Kyle Reese – Hendrix Avenue Baptist Church
Bishop Lorenzo Hall- Greater El-Beth-El
Rev. Linda Girouex – Riverside UCC
Dr. Parvez Ahmed – Jacksonville Human Rights Commission
Pastor Regina Jackson – Restoration of Truth Ministries
Rev. Clare Chance – Avondale UMC
Thursday, December 3rd, 2:00pm
1015 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32207