Statement on Charlottesville Events: Naming and Repenting Evil Executive Committee of the Florida Council of Churches In every generation the face of evil appears, bringing death and confusion. We speak against this evil. On the weekend of August 11-12, 2017, white supremacists committed acts of terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, including intimidating the church at prayer Friday night and causing the death of innocent persons on Saturday. The life of Heather […]

Florida leads the nation in exoneration of innocent persons sentenced to death at 27 since 1973. More than half of them are Black – an indisputable sign of racism working in the state criminal justice system. We’ll spend close to a billion dollars trying to execute the nearly 350 on death row, while the courts reduce or set aside many of death sentences because of legal irregularities or mental impairment of […]

The Florida Council is a catalyst for realizing the unity which Christ has given the Church, a unity that leads to solidarity with all of humanity. At the beginning of biblical history, God calls the immigrant Abraham to become a blessing for all families upon the earth.  Isaiah proclaims that all flesh shall see the salvation of God. The Apostle Paul says that Christ dies once for all. Peter declares […]

23 Jul

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trayvonjusticeIn response to the jury’s verdict in the case against George Zimmerman, faith leaders in the Florida Council of Churches have issued the following statement on July 15, 2013. Note: co-signers will be added as requested.

And the LORD said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground! Genesis 4:10

All things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18

So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. Galatians 6:10

The churches listed below represent the denominational offices of the network which makes up the ecumenical movement among mainline Protestants and historic Black churches in Florida. United Methodist Church – Florida Conference Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA – Lutheran The Ecumenical Catholic Communion Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ Christian Church in Florida (Disciples of Christ) Southeastern Yearly Meeting (Quakers) Moravian Church – Florida […]

On Sunday, March 3rd, hundreds of farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their consumer allies in Florida and across the country will gather at Jesus Obrero Catholic Church in Ft. Myers to begin a two-week, 200-mile march to Publix corporate headquarters in Lakeland, Florida. Marchers will be calling on Florida’s beloved grocery giant to honor the breakthrough social responsibility partnership for farm labor reform known as the Fair Food […]

FLORIDA RELIGIOUS LEADERS’ STATEMENT ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE (1998) We, members of the Florida Faith Community, greet you, our sisters and brothers, on behalf of God’s creation. We who are dedicated to the health and habitat of our own good state are also citizens of the whole of Creation. Scripture tells us that all creation is good and that human beings are given the responsibility to care for all of […]

25 Feb

The Bible is an economics book. The term economics comes from ancient Greek, the language of the New Testament, and it means specifically “the rules of the household.” In other words, economics is about how we order life. From the first chapter to the last, the bible addresses the ordering of creation. In Genesis, the breath of God brings order to chaos and installs humankind as the gardener of the […]

Upper Room Seminar: Let’s Save All God’s Children Friday, May 25, 10 AM – 2 PM Allen Chapel AME, 1203 Olive Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771 Open to all church leaders, clergy and laity. Lunch will be ordered out for participants. Please read the following material in advance. Dr. Wood: “Let’s Save All of God’s Children” Rev. Meyer: “Whither Jubilee Economics”     2012 PENTECOST JUBILEE DESIRED OUTCOMES A meaningful start towards feeling the […]