Georgia clergy morally oppose campus carry

January 28, 2016, 12:51 pm | Posted by

In the past few hours, another Campus Carry Bill has been filed. Outcry - a diverse coalition of clergy – is calling on Georgia’s legislators and leaders to oppose the bill. Our state needs common sense gun legislation that increases the safety of our state’s children and students, not toxic laws that attempt to solve our problems with violence by adding more weapons to the equation. Campus Carry legislation is another step toward a more violent, less moral society. 

Rev. Damon P. Williams, Ph.D., senior pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church and faculty member in the industrial and systems engineeing department at Georgia Tech, states:  

“As a pastor and engineering professor, I’m morally opposed to Campus Carry. When I’m teaching my back is often facing the door. Given the tragedy at Emanuel AME in Charleston, as well as Virginia Tech, Umpqua Community College, Northern Arizona University, and dozens of other campuses it’s clear to me that more guns in more hands won’t make for safer classrooms or sanctuaries.”

For interviews with either of the following clergy, please contact Graham Younger,

Rev. Damon P. Williams, Ph.D. is senior pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church and faculty member in the industrial and systems engineeing department at Georgia Tech. 

Rabbi Peter Berg, is senior rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta. In 2009, he was inducted into the College of Preachers at Morehouse College and was a member of the 2012 Leadership Atlanta class. In 2013, Rabbi Berg was named by Newsweek and the Daily Beast as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States of America.

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Jacksonville clergy come out in mass support of HRO

January 11, 2016, 12:34 pm | Posted by
Here is a sample of our media coverage from the event:

Clergy Come out in mass support of HRO

Clergy HRO Support: Clergy representatives announce support of a HRO

More Than 100 Jacksonville Clergy Support LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Leaders gather in support of inclusive HRO



January 11, 2016

Press Contact: Allison Walter (913) 375-7730

100+ Jacksonville Clergy Stand United for Discrimination Protection

Ahead of bill’s introduction, clergy hold press conference in support of HRO


Jacksonville, FL – Just one day before the Human Rights Ordinance will be introduced in the Jacksonville city council, a diverse and growing coalition of more than 100 prominent faith leaders will stand united at a press conference Monday to voice their support of passing an expanded and inclusive HRO. Prominent supporters include Mayor Curry’s pastor Rev. Bruce Jones and expanding representation from African American clergy.

“In the stories we hear in the Bible about Jesus, he was continually restoring people to community. Community and radical hospitality are His hallmark. We as followers should be building up, rather than tearing down; Standing with the poor and marginalized of our society,” says Rev. William Hamilton, pastor St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. “That’s why I stand with a growing number of Jacksonville pastors in strong support of passing a comprehensive HRO.”



Press conference in advance of HRO introduction in Jacksonville City Council


Rev. Torin Dailey – First Baptist Church of Oakland

Rev. William Hamilton – St. John’s Lutheran Church

Rabbi Howard Tilman – Jacksonville Jewish Center

Rev. Linda Girouex – Riverside United Church of Christ


Monday, January 11th, 12:00pm


Henry J. Klutho Park

204 W. 3rd Street

Jacksonville, FL 32206

*Faith leaders will meet at the Mary Dillon memorial fountain


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GA Clergy on Sandy Hook anniversary: Our Leaders Must Act on Gun Violence

December 14, 2015, 4:36 pm | Posted by

On the anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, the following is a statement from Outcry Interfaith Coalition, comprised of more than 300 Georgia faith leaders who are taking action to end gun violence:

“Today we mourn the tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where senseless gun violence took the lives of 20 children as they sat in their classrooms.” 
“In the past 3 years since that horrific shooting, we’ve seen 554 children killed by gun violence – including right here in Georgia. They were all under 12, and their deaths were all preventable with stronger gun laws. So today we’re mourning their lives, too, and calling on Georgia’s leaders to not only pray with us, but to act.” 
“We call on Georgia’s leaders to talk seriously about the culture of gun violence in our state, and demand common sense gun laws that will keep our children safe.” 

Outcry is an interfaith clergy coalition that has played a key role in the campaign for commonsense gun laws, including protections for houses of worship in 2014′s “guns everywhere” law and with this year’s controversial campus carry and permit-less carry bills. You can learn more about Outcry here:

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2,500+ Faith leaders to Trump: Go back to Sunday school

December 9, 2015, 3:38 pm | Posted by
Here’s a sample of our media hits:
December 9, 2015
Contact: Allison Walter,, (913) 375-7730

2,500+ Faith leaders to Trump:

Go back to Sunday school

Washington, DC - Donald Trump is a person of faith, but more than 2,500 faith leaders across the nation think that Mr. Trump has it completely wrong in his call to ban Muslim immigration into the United States. See their letter calling for Mr. Trump to “reflect on and repudiate” his anti-Muslim proposals here.

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, Director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain at Pacific University, said faith leaders will not sit idly by:
“People of faith cannot remain silent as Donald Trump denigrates our shared values. His campaign of bigotry must end. It’s not who we are, and it’s not what we believe.”
“Too few faith leaders stood up in the 1930s as racism grew alongside anti-Semitism. We cannot repeat the same mistake today as Muslims come under attack.”
As Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life, said in a statement yesterday:
“By fanning the flames of fear and hatred for personal gain, Donald Trump has shown utter contempt for core American values and basic human decency. This latest remark isn’t an isolated comment, it’s part of an extensive pattern of bigotry. He has has made his party’s presidential primary a moral race to bottom.” 
“As a Christian and a Presbyterian pastor, I’m ashamed that Trump claims to share my religious tradition. He should go back to Sunday school.”

Rev. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty said our political leaders can’t be let off the hook:

“Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. is un-American, unworkable, counterproductive, and embarrassing. It’s no more than disgusting demagoguery – exploiting popular fear and fanning pervasive anti-Muslim bigotry for political gain. Americans deserve better from those who seek to lead.”

If you’d like to speak with any of the above faith leaders about the Donald Trump issue, please contact me via e-mail or at (913) 375-7730. Below is brief biographical information. 


Rev. Jennifer Butler is the CEO of Faith in Public Life and chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and a former representative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the United Nations. 

The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon. At Pacific University, he serves as the director of the Center for the Peace and Spirituality, university chaplain, and as assistant professor of religious studies. He earned his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry at Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Currie’s academic work focuses on the intersection between religion and public policy.
Rev. J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., is both a member of the Supreme Court Bar and an ordained minister. He leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. Published widely, Walker routinely speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings and provides commentary on church-state issues in the national media.

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Open Letter from Faith Leaders to Donald Trump

December 9, 2015, 10:53 am | Posted by

As leaders in America’s faith community, our institutions do not engage in partisan politics. We do, however, speak to important moral and ethical issues facing our nation.

In this spirit, we write to express in the strongest possible terms our deep disappointment and even disgust with the proposal made by you to stop allowing Muslims to enter the United States.

Our faith traditions demand that we extend a welcoming hand to those in need. America is an immigrant nation. We know that many have come to our country, and continue to do so, seeking religious freedom and an end to persecution. This is true for Syrian refugees fleeing ISIL today, and many others displaced by war, conflict and disaster.

We remember that too many religious leaders stood silent as Jews fled Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. In fact, some religious leaders and politicians argued that Jews should not be allowed into the United States during that period. In that same timeframe, too many religious leaders stood silent as Japanese-Americans were interned into camps as their patriotism was questioned. Bigotry and discrimination prevailed.

Muslims serve this nation in offices of public service, in our Armed Forces, in law enforcement, and as community builders. These are our neighbors, our friends, and children of God.

We cannot remain silent as political leaders seek to divide Americans along religious lines for partisan gain. Your language and proposals serve only to divide our nation and to bring comfort to ISIS and their allies.

Mr. Trump, as leaders of many faiths we ask that you reflect on your proposals and repudiate those that you have made, that our country may be a beacon of hope and not fear.

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