2021 Florida Clergy Convening (virtual) “Called, Prepared, Sent” In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NRSV The 2021 Florida Clergy Convening will be held virtually again this year. The convening is hosted by the Florida Council of Churches and presented by Pastors for Florida Children. The theme for this year’s […]

April 21, 2021 Statement on the Verdict in the Murder of George Floyd In a just America, George Floyd would be with his family, fully employed, and able to access healthcare. In our America, a “bouquet of by-standers” witnessed his murder and captured it on videotape. They made it possible for a jury of his peers to convict Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Mr. Floyd’s […]

On February 25, faith leaders held a panel on the upcoming Florida legislative session. Below is a letter of encouragement to the legislature. Faith leaders are invited to co-sign the letter.   Faith Leaders Statement to the 2021 Florida Legislature You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. All the Law has […]

Facing Forward Forgetting what lies behind and facing forward to what lies ahead, let us press on towards the goal of our high calling from God in Christ Jesus! We began 2020 with a very different prospect than it ended. COVID-19 has revealed multiple pandemics. We’ve known they were there: white supremacy, violence, environmental degradation, health and income disparities. Now the great majority have realized that we all have suffered […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2020 CONTACT:  Rev. Dr. Russell L. Meyer EMAIL: RMeyer@FloridaChurches.org PHONE:  813-435-5335 23 States Declare October A “Month of Mourning” National networks of faith leaders are announcing that October will be  a national “Month of Mourning,” and urge houses of worship to hold vigils to mourn, grieve and lament the loss of life and wellbeing caused by the global pandemic. The network of 23 State Ecumenical […]

Leadership training to mobilize the church in service to the world. The advanced online training seminar with Alexia Salvatierra, co-author of Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World, will be offered on the last two Tuesdays and Thursdays of August 2020. Rev. Dr. Salvatierra teaches at Fuller Seminary. As an ELCA pastor, organizer, and educator, her work in Southern California has helped pastors and congregations organize to […]

2 July 2020 #FreedomSummer Is Now Today is the midpoint of the year. Although we began at record market highs and unemployment lows, all of that has been dramatically reversed to a sputtered economy and the highest unemployment ever. What will the next six months bring? What role will the Church play in the new normal emerging from the global pandemic, the universal calls for addressing systemic racism, and the […]

“In those days I will pour out my spirit on all flesh.” Across Florida and the nation, protests are welling up in response to the murders of African Americans. The horrific video of the killing of George Floyd, while he and bystanders plead for mercy, lays on the conscience of every decent human being. His death was no accident, nor were the thousand other deaths by law enforcement over the […]

Faith leaders are invited to sign this letter to Governor Ron DeSantis in support of resettling refugees in Florida. The current administration proposes to reduce the refugee resettlement program to a fifth of its average international commitment and require states and localities to opt in. Florida has been a model state for resettlement by the faith community. Since Florida is a family destination state, refugees will continue to become our […]

Register for Ocean Leadership Training with Creation Justice Ministries, August 29, Noon -7 pm, St. Armands Lutheran Church. Sarasota Ocean Leadership Training