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Spiritual Leaders Across Jacksonville Stand Together for an LGBT-Inclusive Human Rights Ordinance

More than 150 faith leaders are standing together across Jacksonville to urge the City Council to update the city's non-discrimination law to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Comprised of hundreds of faith leaders of diverse backgrounds and traditions, members of the Jacksonville Spiritual Leaders for Equality coalition are united behind the core belief that everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the laws of our city—and they call for passage of LGBT non-discrimination protections because of, not in spite of, their faith.

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I support updating Jacksonville's HRO because all people are God’s beloved children … and especially in the eyes of God, all means all. Jesus chose to spend time with and to teach the marginalized people of his society, setting the example for all Christians to stand against oppression and injustice. Rev. Clare Chance Avondale United Methodist Church
My faith teaches that all people are created in the image of God. To have something that I’m passionate about as an American and as a religious person speaks to what we should aspire to be. The work we do should make sure that people of all faiths and backgrounds have the rights they need. The Jacksonville HRO certainly does this Rabbi Howard Tilman Jacksonville Jewish Center
I look forward to being part of the continued efforts to make our city a safe and inclusive place to live, work and play. There is much work to be done and many ways to make a difference. Susan Rogers The Well at Springfield
We could not in good conscience stand by while there is the slightest possibility that one of our LGBT Sisters and Brothers can face discrimination in jobs and housing. No matter what your belief system says, this is a human rights Issue. Everyone has the right to make a sustainable living and not stand in fear of losing their job for who they are or perceived to be in their sexual orientation. Qualifications should be the determining factor. Rev. William Hamilton St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

Faith Leaders' Statement

Love for and respect of one’s fellow human beings are among the most prominent and universal core values of the many spiritual and religious traditions shared among all spiritual and religious traditions.  Though each tradition differs one from the other, all spiritual and religious persons and groups can at least agree with this basic tenet:  We have a deep and abiding obligation to love and respect others. Indeed, not treating others respectfully or as we would want to be treated is seen by the various faith traditions as moral failure.

As leaders representing a wide variety of spiritual expression in northeast Florida, we strongly support the full civil rights, including protections from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We see such support as being very consistent with our spiritual belief.

  • Rev. Brock Adams, Baptist
  • Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Muslim
  • Rev. Michael Albertie, Non-denominational
  • Rev. Gerald Alexander, Episcopal
  • Rev. Wiley Ammons, Episcopal
  • Min. Jennifer Arnold, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Rev. Mark Atkinson, Episcopal
  • Rev. Phillip Baber, Unitarian Universalist
  • Pastor April Bacon, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Barbara Bacon, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Bill Bailey, United Methodist Church
  • Anne Elizabeth Bailey
  • Linda Banister, Founder, President Emeritus, Unity
  • Pastor Kipp Barr, Non-denominational
  • Rev. Matthew Benz-Whittington, PC (USA)
  • Rev. Bethany Benz-Whittington, PC (USA)
  • Rev. Megan Blair, Interfaith
  • Rev. Bolden, Baptist
  • Rev. Marsha Brandt, National Catholic Church of North America
  • Nancy Broner, Non-denominational
  • Marcia Brown, Unity
  • Pastor Vincent Brown, Pentecostal
  • Min. Shaunta Buckley, Baptist
  • Reverand Kathy Burton, United Church of Christ
  • Min. Toinette Cameron, Christian Non-denominational
  • Min. Elizabeth Cantey, Interfaith
  • Rev. Dr. Harvey Carr, Non-Denominational
  • Rev. Clare Watson Chance, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Tony Chance, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Jeannie Chapman, Other
  • Chaplain Karen Christiansen, Unitarian Universalist
  • Rev. Kenneth Christiansen, Unitarian Universalist
  • Chaplain Betsy Clark, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Will Clark, United Methodist Church
  • Roger Cochran, Soto Zen
  • Rabbi Matt Cohen, Conservative Judaism
  • Dir. Robbie Cohen, Interfaith
  • Rev. Ray Coleman, Baptist
  • Min. Jacqueline Collins, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Ellen S. Cross, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Rev. Melanie Crump, Pagan
  • Cantor Tony Cruz, Lutheran
  • Pastor Torin Dailey, Baptist
  • Mose Davis, Member, Baptist
  • Winnie Davies, Spiritual Leader, Unity
  • Rabbi Mona Decker, Jewish
  • Rev. Laurie A. Denman, Correllian-Nativist
  • Rev. Margaret DiRollo, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Kent Dorsey, Disciples of Christ
  • Rev. Steve Dobbs, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Richard Dow, Lutheran
  • Rev. Lynn A. Dukes, Episcopal
  • Chaplain Sharon Eddins
  • Rev. Darryl Edwards, Baptist
  • Rev. Judith Elia
  • Rev. Anne Vestal England, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rev. David Erickson, Episcopalian
  • Rev. Heather Erickson, Episcopalian
  • Rev. Michael Feltman, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Jack Ford, Unitarian Universalist
  • The Rev. Denis Ford, Episcopalian
  • The Rev. Jo ann Ford, Episcopalian
  • Pastor Glenn Foreman, Sr., Baptist
    Pastor Glenn Foreman, Jr., Baptist
  • Minister Brett Foster, American Baptist
  • Nada Frazier, Unity
  • Rev. Dr. Reed Freeman, Episcopal
  • Pastor Avery Garner, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Akika Gavin, Non-denominational
  • Rev. Linda D. Girouex, United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Dustin Goodall, Pagan
  • Pastor Steve Goyer, Presbyterian
  • Rev. Symbliene Griffin, Wiccan/Pagan
  • Pastor R.L. Gundy, Baptist
  • Rev. Kendall J. Guthrie, Christian Non-denominational
  • Bishop Lorenzo Hall, Episcopal
  • Pastor. William Hamilton, Lutheran
  • Rev. Victoria Hamilton, Lutheran
  • Minister Nathan Hamm, Christian
  • Rev. Thomas S. Hanson, Lutheran
  • Rev. Heather Harding, United Methodist
  • Pastor Lee Harris, Baptist
  • Min. Matt Hartley, Christian
  • Rev. Dr. Bruce Havens, United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Ray Henderson, Episcopal
  • Chaplain Courtney Hester, Baptist
  • Minister Britt Hester, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Emeritus Rev. Ron Hersom, Unitarian Universalist
  • Rev. David Holladay, Baptist
  • Hazzan Jesse Holzer, Conservative Judaism
  • Rev. Peyton Hopkins, Presbyterian
  • Chaplain Priscilla Howick, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rev. B. Denise Hunt, Non-denominational
  • Rev. Kimberly Hyatt, The Presbyterian Church (USA
  • Rev. Regina Jackson, Christian Non-denominational
  • Emeritus Rev. David Jeffery, Episcopal
  • Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Elizabeth Jensen-Forbell, Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Min. Curtis Johnson, Baptist
  • Min. Phyllis Johnson, Non-denominational
  • Pastor Ardel Jones, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Bruce Jones, UMC
  • Min. David Jones, Church of Christ
  • Rev. Mary Kendrick-Moore, United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Emily Knight, UMC
  • Rev. Kay Korpics, Disciples of Christ
  • Deidre Lane, Non-denominational
  • Minister Brandon Lanes, Baptist
  • Chaplain Tom Chappell Lewis, Baptist
  • Rev. Donald Lewis, Correllian-Nativist
  • Rabbi Joshua B. Lief, Jewish
  • Rev. Dawn Liphart, United Methodist Church
  • Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner, Conservative Jewish
  • Rev. Christopher S. Martin, Episcopal
  • Elaine Martin, Quaker
  • President Kathryn Marlowe, Lutheran
  • Sr. Rabbi Michael Matuson, Jewish
  • Rev. Faith McCall, Baptist
  • Beverly McClain, Faith-Based Non-Profit
  • Rev. Isaac McCullough, Baptist
  • Rev. Barry McCullough, United Church of Christ
  • Pastor Jennifer McDowell, United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Dr. Kathryn A McLean, The Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Chris McNeil, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Marva Mitchell, AME
  • Sr. Min. Philip Mobley, Church of Christ
  • Rev. Deborah Montana
  • Dean Kate Moorehead, Episcopal
  • Rev. Cori Morgan, Baptist
  • Chaplain David G Morrell, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rev. Dr. Diallo J. Mudd, Hellenic Orthodox
  • Re. Dr. Kenneth J Meyers, Baptist
  • Angi Nagy, Spiritual Leader, Unity
  • Dr. John Allen Newman, Baptist
  • Evangelist Javashia Overstreet, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Ron Owens, Episcopal
  • Pastor Tavares Parker, Baptist
  • Pastor Shailonda Peterson-Jackson, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Emeritus Richard Petry, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Penny Pfab, Episcopal
  • Rev. Martin Pfab, Episcopal
  • Rev. Stephanie Pilgrim, Non-denominational
  • Leader Carole Poindexter, Christian Science
  • Rev. Janna Preston, Disciples of Christ
  • Rev. Suzanah Raffield, Baptist
  • The Rev. Dr. John Ragsdale, Presbyterian
  • Rev. Atlas Rankin, Christian Advent
  • Dr. Mobeen Rathore, Muslim
  • Rev. Pat Ray, Unitarian Universalist
  • Evangelist Shirley Reed, Evangelist Temple
  • Rev. Kyle Reese, Baptist
  • Rev. Jeffery Reichmann, Episcopal
  • Rev. Sloane Remington, Episcopal
  • Rev. Dr. J. W. Rigsby, Presbyterian
  • Exec. Pastor Alex Robinson, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Deweyne Robinson, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Susan Rogers, Baptist
  • Susan Rozier, United Methodist Church
  • Apostle Doris Russell, Non-denominational
  • Rev. James Sampson, Baptist
  • Rev. Carl Saxton, Episcopalian
  • John Schoenecker, Church Council, Lutheran
  • Minister Derrick Scott, United Methodist Church
  • Min. Rachel Gunter Shapard, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rev. Tommy Shapard, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rabbi Rick Shapiro, Jewish – Reform
  • Latrall Simon, Judeo Christian
  • Rev. Tim Smiley, United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Jeffrey Smith, Disciples of Christ
  • President, Board of Trustees, Sue Smith, Unity
  • Rev. Kerry Speckman, M. Ed., Universal Life Church
  • Keeper Mark Stine, Pagan
  • Min. Ben Swanson, Christian Non Profit
  • Amrita-Keli Sweet, Hari Krishna
  • Pastor Ruth Taylor, Faith Based Non Profit
  • Rev. Elizabeth Teal, Unitarian Universalist
  • Rev. Jennie Thomas, Presbyterian
  • President Gary Thomas, Christian Non-denominational
  • Pastor Larry Thomas, Baptist
  • Rev. Bridgette Thornton, Methodist
  • Rabbi Howard Tilman, Conservative Jewish
  • Rev. Beth Tjoflat, Episcopalian
  • Rev. Kim Trabold, Lutheran
  • Pastor Beverly Trotter, Non-denominational
  • Tara Trueblood, Director, Interfaith
  • Rev. Aaron Uitti, Episcopal
  • Nyah Vanterpool, Chair, Non-denominational Multi-faith
  • Rev. Kenneth L Walsh (retired), United Church of Christ
  • Greg Warner (retired), Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Rev. Wendell Webster, AME
  • Rabbi Mark Weider, Jewish
  • Rev. Kimberly Weir (Chaplain/Executive Director), Disciples of Christ
  • Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Levy Wilcox, Baptist
  • Chaplain Ed Wilder, Baptist
  • Chaplin Milton Willford (retired), non-denominational
  • Overseer B.E. Williams, Sr., Baptist
  • Ms. Coralie Williams, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Pastor Valerie Williams, Christian Non-denominational
  • Rev. Coley Williams, Disciples of Christ
  • Pastor Charita Wise, Non-denominational
  • Rev. B. Fred Woolsey, Disciples of Christ

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