Ohio Clergy Stand United: Faith over Fear

December 9, 2015, 8:40 am | Posted by
Here is a sample of our media hits:Ohio Clergy React to Mr. Trump (WSYX 12 10 2015) 


December 9, 2015
Contact: Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens, 
TAhrens@first-church.org614-886-6765 OR Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org913-375-7730  


Ohio Clergy Stand United: 

Faith over Fear

THURSDAY 10 AM: End campaign of bigotry, embrace tolerance for diverse faiths in America, Ohio clergy call on Trump


Columbus, Ohio - Prominent Ohio clergy of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths will join more than 2,500 faith leaders nationwide to express deep disappointment with the proposals made by Mr. Trump to stop allowing Muslims to enter the United States.“In Ohio, we choose to welcome all people. We expect Trump to practice the extravagant hospitality that is a trademark of the people of Ohio,” said Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens. At a press conference TOMORROWThursday, December 10th at 10 AM, faith leaders will call for Trump to end his campaign of bigotry and embrace a campaign of tolerance for diverse faiths in America.

“Religious liberty is one of the values we hold most dear in America,” said Rabbi Michael Unger of Tifereth Israel in Columbus. “As Jewish people, we know all too well what can happen when we don’t stand up for those of other faiths who are being persecuted. Trump’s remarks are eerily reminiscent of the kind of rhetoric that we heard in the 1930s. Never let it be said that we didn’t stand up, even if it wasn’t directed at us.”

WHAT: Press conference 



Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens - First Congregational UCC, Columbus
Rev. Mark Diemer - Grace of God Lutheran ELCA, Columbus
Rabbi Michael Unger - Tifereth Israel, Columbus
Rabbi Debbie Lefton Wexner - President, Columbus Board of Rabbis
Rev. Amy Miracle - Broad Street Presbyterian, Columbus
Rev. Dr. Eric Brown - Woodland Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Columbus


WHENThursday December 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM


WHERE: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

444 East Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

*Meet on the front steps 


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Savannah Clergy Unite After Mass Shootings: Prayers Aren’t Enough

December 8, 2015, 2:53 pm | Posted by
Here is a sample of our media hits:

Savannah Clergy Call for Action on Gun Violence (WSAV 12 08 2015) 

December 8, 2015
Contact: Graham Younger, gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org(678)739-8584

Savannah Clergy Unite Against Gun Violence

Clergy hold press conference and vigil in response to mass shootings in San Bernardino and Savannah

Savannah, GA – Join Savannah clergy and community members for a short press conference and vigil today at City Hall to pray for the families of those lost to gun violence in recent days and to call for action to stop the senseless killing.These clergy are members of the Outcry Interfaith Coalition, comprised of more than 300 Georgia faith leaders who are taking action to end gun violence. 


Press conference and vigil to pray for victims of gun violence and call for action


Rev. Dr. George A. Moore, Jr. – Interdenominational Ministers Alliance

Rabbi Robert Haas – Congregation Mickve Israel

Rev. Bill Hester – Asbury Memorial UMC

Rev. Will Shelburne – First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Grady Mills – Asbury Memorial UMC



Tuesday, December 8th, 12:00pm



City Hall

2 East Bay Street

Savannah, GA 31401

*Clergy will meet on capitol steps


Outcry 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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Jacksonville Clergy Stand United for Discrimination Protection

December 3, 2015, 6:35 pm | Posted by

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December 3, 2015

Press Contact: Allison Walter (913) 375-7730

Jacksonville Clergy Stand United for Discrimination Protection

Faith Leaders Hold Press Conference in Support of Human Rights Ordinance

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


Friendship Fountain

1015 Museum Circle

Jacksonville, FL 32207


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“The Francis Effect” Book Discussion in Cinci with John Gehring

December 3, 2015, 4:20 pm | Posted by

Wed, Dec 9, 2015, at 6:00 PM

INVITATION -”The Francis Effect” Book Discussion In Cinci w/ John Gehring 12/9

Papa Francesco

Faith in Public Life, a national strategy center for the faith community, invites you to a Book Discussion with author and nationally known Catholic commentator John Gehring. Followed by Q&A and book signing. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the Mercantile Library on Wednesday, December 9th for an enjoyable evening! Please RSVP by Friday, December 4th.

Praise for The Francis Effect

“John Gehring has created a stirring, multidimensional account of Catholicism in the twenty-first century.”

— Sister Simone Campbell, author of A Nun on the Bus

About The Francis Effect 

Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, is shaking up a church that has been mired in scandal and demoralized by devastating headlines. His bracing critique of an out-of-touch hierarchy, pastoral style when it comes to divisive issues, and humble gestures rejecting the trappings of papal power have changed the conversation about the world’s most powerful religious institution. The Francis Effect explores how a church once known as a towering force for social justice became known for a narrow agenda most closely aligned with one political party, then looks at the opportunities for change in the “age of Francis.”

About the Author

John Gehring is Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group in Washington. His writing and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and the National Catholic Reporter, among other outlets. He is a former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and has been a staff writer at The Catholic Review, The Frederick Gazette, and Education Week. He lives in Washington, DC.

You Can Order The Francis Effect Here

Mercantile Library – 414 Walnut Street. Reading Room. Cincinnati, OH 45202 - View Map

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Kansas Faith Leaders Challenge Governor’s Rejection of Refugees

December 2, 2015, 12:43 pm | Posted by
A sample of our media hits:

KS Faith Leaders Denounce Governor’s Rejection of Refugees – KSNT 12 02 2015 

KS Clergy Denounce Governor’s Rejection of Refugees – KFYR 12 03 2015 

KS Clergy Confront Governor Brownback – WIBW 12 02 2015

December 2, 2015
Contact: Rev. Kurt Rietema, Pathway Community Church (913) 219-9498

Kansas Faith Leaders Challenge Governor’s Rejection of Refugees

Clergy Deliver Letter to Governor’s Office Wednesday

Topeka, KS - Kansas clergy along with over 2,000 faith leaders nationwide have signed on to a letter adamantly rejecting the proposals of two dozen United States governors to close their states’ doors to Syrian refugees fleeing the unspeakable cruelty of ISIS.WHAT: Press conference and letter delivery to Governor Brownback WHO: 

Pastor Kurt Rietema, Pathway Community Church

Rev. David Livingston, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Josh Shepherd, Director of Mission House

Pastor Rick Behrens, Grandview Park Presbyterian

Pastor Kenny Clewett

Maureen Lunn, Jacob’s Well Church


Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 PM CST


Office of Gov. Brownback

300 SW 10th St.

Topeka, KS 66612

*Faith Leaders will meet on the right side of the capitol steps.


Read the complete statement and view the list of signatories.


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