Jacksonville clergy come out in mass support of HRO

January 11, 2016, 12:34 pm | Posted by
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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: http://www.OutcryGeorgia.org/

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

December 9, 2015, 3:38 pm | Posted by
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December 9, 2015
Contact: Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org, (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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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
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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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