How do we offer the church as a sign of healing and unity given the variety of divisions in which we dwell? Silence in the face of division is read as tacit support for controversy. Let us pray on our calling to pursue unity in peace, truth, equity, and the abundance of God. Please note the critically important opportunities upcoming. Florida Clergy Gathering: Abundant Living for All Hosted by the […]

The following faith letter was presented to the Florida Senate. Pending legislation would ban the state from contracting with any common carriers who transport non-citizens that lack a work permit. There are numerous other kinds of immigrant status besides authorized workers. This is a means to enable a recent executive order that would block churches and others from providing shelter to legally authorized unaccompanied minors. The letter was followed up […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fraternidad de Concilios y Entidades Evangélicas (FRACEEV).  January 26, 2022 Contact:  Agustín Quiles 407-683-6830 office@fraceev.org   FRACEEV, the Florida Fellowship of Hispanic Bishops and Evangelical Institutions oppose Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order and SB1808 Against Migrant Children. Orlando-FL. The Florida Fellowship of Hispanic Bishops and Evangelical Institutions (FRACEEV) , a coalition of Latino evangelical bishops and pastors who represent approximately 2,500 churches in Florida, sent letters to Governor Ron DeSantis […]

I know the plans I have for you, says Our Maker, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) I believe in the Beloved Future that scripture proclaims. I think you do too. But after sitting through numerous committee meetings of the first three weeks of the 2022 legislature session, I’m convinced that many have forgotten or never heard of a […]

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 […]