A short write-up from Channel 4 on our discussion last evening. It should be noted that panelist Devonte Shipman (along with Christina Kittle) expressed support for a police accountability council, while the journalists on our panel emphasized the opportunity right now to push for a moratorium on the issuance of pedestrian tickets, and to hear directly from Sheriff Williams at a forum next week. All of our panelists urged attendance at the upcoming city council meeting.
We will continue to follow this story and community organizing efforts underway in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Reminder to congregants and folks in the community about this panel discussion tonight at Edward Waters College (in the Mine Auditorium). This event was mentioned at ours last week. It begins shortly, at 6PM.
The "Walking While Black" discussion continues next week at Edward Waters College. See below!
Urgent sign-on letter from our friends at Faith in Public Life.
Today a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Our hearts ache with news of another gun violence tragedy, and we lift up pr...ayers for the victims, their families, and the school community. But we also know that our words and prayers are not enough. We must repent for our collective inaction and commit to tirelessly working toward meaningful gun violence prevention.
"Make no mistake--if our faith does not lead us into solidarity with women like Celine Walker, if it does not demand of us a redoubling of our efforts to build a secure and free community for all, we will yet find ourselves to the left and not to the right of Jesus Christ. Regardless of our own intentions or ideals, it is only by working and caring for others that we may earn eternal life."
We encourage all members of our congregation and the community to attend the justice vigil for Celine Walker next Sunday at 2PM in Memorial Park.
Happy 15th Anniversary! What a day of blessings and love.
We are so thankful and appreciative for the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Raymond Hargrove, our Regional Minister for the Eastern Region of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ. We love Dr. Hargrove and his lovely and amazing wife, Cora.
Here’s to the next 15 years at Riverside!
Please join us for a very special event — the 15th Anniversary of Riverside United Church of Christ! We will have a special guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Raymond Hargrove, Eastern Regional Conference Minister for the Florida Conference UCC. There will be a potluck luncheon following!
Riverside United Church of Christ (2858 Post Street) is honored to host journalists Ben Conarck and Topher Sanders in a church-community meeting to discuss their ongoing reporting on #WalkingWhileBlack in Jacksonville.
Their reporting, first co-published by the Florida Times-Union and Pro-Publica on November 16th of last year, uncovered a deeply troubling apparent bias in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office pedestrian ticketing: "In the last five years, blacks received 55 perc...ent of all pedestrian tickets in Jacksonville, while only accounting for 29 percent of the population." Despite claims that enforcement of pedestrian statutes is essential to protecting lives, Conarck and Sanders' investigation found "no strong relationship between where tickets are being issued and where people are being killed."
In addition to Conarck and Sanders, the panel discussion will also include Devonte Shipman, whose video of his own experience “walking while black” went viral over the summer, Jacksonville lawyer Leslie Scott Jean-Bart, Jacksonville Community Action Committee organizer Christina Kittle, and Northside Coalition President Ben Frazier. We look forward to learning from each of their perspectives on this ongoing issue, one of deep and urgent concern for people of faith and all people of good will in our city.
Members of the community are invited to join us at Riverside United Church of Christ (2858 Post Street) as early as 6:30pm on the night of the meeting for coffee/refreshments.
Please stay tuned to this page for further event details to come.
*Formal invitations were also extended to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Fraternal Order of Police, and City Hall.
'Walking While Black,' http://jacksonville.com/walkingwhileblack
About the United Church of Christ (UCC):
“January Joy?” - The Reverend Linda Girouex.
On the Sunday we celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we also must confront racist rhetoric from one who holds a high office.
We confront this rhetoric at the direction of Jesus Christ who called us to love and serve others and to seek justice and resist evil. So shall we do.
One week from tomorrow!
Can’t wait to see everyone.
Riverside United Church of Christ gathers every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. for worship service. Each week we offer coffee and snacks after the worship service in our Faithwalk Center.
On the first Sunday of each month, we also practice open communion. All are welcome at the table set by Jesus.