The Chaplain of the City Council emailed me that they are looking for minority religions to give the invocation

From: “Love, James” <JimLove@coj.net>
Date: September 15, 2015 at 9:56:51 PM EDT
To: Susan
Cc: “Kuzel, Kevin” <KKuzel@coj.net>
Susan, we did reach out to the Rabbi and we will reach out to other minority religions.  Thank you for your input.
Sincerely,Jim Love

City Councilman, District 14

JimLove@coj.net

One City, One Jacksonville
On Sep 15, 2015, at 12:05 PM, Susan wrote:
Honorable Council Member Jim Love,

I understand that you’re chaplain for the city council.  I understand you have been given the task of trying to show case the diversity of our lovely city during the invocation period at the city council meetings.

I notice that all but one speaker (on the list) is Christian.  I do hope you’ll accept applications from the minority religions and the non-religious.

We have Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Humanists, Unitarians, etc in our community.  I do hope your office will reach out to the minority religions that might be too intimated to apply.

Thanks,

Susan

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From: Krieg, Leeann <LKrieg@coj.net>
Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:23 AM
Subject: FW: INVOCATION – CITY COUNCIL MTG. 9/08/15

Susan,

Good morning. Thank you for your consistent interest and attention to this matter. I have attached the schedule for the year as it stands. Council Member Jim Love and his assistant Kevin Kuzel handle/manage the list and the submissions. A constituent does not have to be from the Council Member’s district to submit and offer to participate in the invocation. The thought was that opening it to submissions sent to your District or At-Large Council Member would allow a wide representation of the city and the faiths in the city.

These requests may also be submitted to Council Member Love’s office as the Chaplin.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

All the best,

LEEANN M. KRIEG

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO GREG B. ANDERSON

CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT

117 W. DUVAL STREET, STE. 425

7/28/15 Jim Love Council Chaplain Baptist

8/11/15 Rev. Brett Foster Riverside Baptist Ch.Baptist
8/25/15 Rev. Jason Cullum Christ’s Church Christian
9/08/15 Rev. Sam Pascoe Jax Anglican
9/22/15 Pastor Mark Griffin Wayman Ministries Methodist
10/13/15 REV. MORGAN BROWNING / 1st BAPTIST CH.
10/27/15 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Bethel Baptist
11/10/15 Rabbi Yaakov Fisch ETZ Chaim Synagogue

11/24/15 Bishop Estevez Diocese of St. Augustine Catholic
12/08/15 Rev. Tom Messer (Pastor) / Trinity Baptist
1/12/16 Fr. Sal Di Fazio (Pastor) St. Paul’s Catholic

Update on how to apply to give the invocation at the Jacksonville City Council meetings

The below is the executive assistant to Greg Anderson’s reply to my inquiry:

Good morning. Thank you for your consistent interest and attention to this matter. Council Member Jim Love and his assistant Kevin Kuzel handle/manage the list and the submissions. A constituent does not have to be from the Council Member’s district to submit and offer to participate in the invocation. The thought was that opening it to submissions sent to your District or At-Large Council Member would allow a wide representation of the city and the faiths in the city.These requests may also be submitted to Council Member Love’s office as the Chaplin.

List of invocation speakers July 2015 to June 2016 and the definition of the rotation scheme

 

June 28, 2016 – Minister Philip Baber, Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
June 14, 2016  – Rev. Noel Roberts, Bethel Temple Assembly of God
May 24, 2016 Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner, Jacksonville Jewish Center
May 10, 2016  Rev. Arul Yagappan, Pastor St. Paul’s Catholic Church
April 26, 2016- Rev. Morgan Browning, 1st Baptist Church
April 12, 2016  – Rev. David Williams, JSO Chaplain
March 22, 2016 —Earl Coggins, Humanist Celebrant–First Coast Freethought Society
March 8, 2016– Rev. Arlinda Burks, Arlington United Methodist Church
Feb 23, 2016— Father Boddie, Christ the King Church
Feb 18, 2016– Council Member Jim Love (Why a repeat?)
February 9, 2016 -Rev. Kevin Pound, Mandarin Presbyterian
January 26, 2016- Rev. A.C. Richardson, New Life Evangelistic Center
January 12, 2016–Pastor Sal Di Fazio – St. Paul’s Catholic Church
December 8, 2015- Reverend Tom Messer (Pastor) – Trinity Baptist Church
November 24- Bishop Estevez, Diocese of St. Augustine
November 10–Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, ETZ Chaim Synagogue
October 27- Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.- Bethel Baptist Inst. Church
October 13-Dr. Albert Simpson Jr., Philemon Missionary Baptist Church
September 21–Pastor Mark Griffin, Wayman Ministries
September 8– Rev. Sam Pascoe, Jax Anglican Fellowship
August 25–Rev. Jason Cullum from Christ’s Church
August 11— Brett Foster of the Riverside Baptist Church
July 28, 2015—Greg Anderson (for his first council meeting as Council President) asked Council Member Jim Love to give the invocation.You can also find who has given the invocation and other things about the city council meetings at this link: http://www.coj.net/city-council.aspx

In the recent Supreme Court decision, Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Court emphasized that a government’s prayer practice must be “nondiscriminatory” and it must make reasonable efforts to include invocations from all members of the community, regardless of their faith. In fact, the completely open selection process was crucial to the prayers being upheld: “The town at no point excluded or denied an opportunity to a would-be prayer giver. Its leaders maintained that a minister or layperson of any persuasion, including an atheist, could give the invocation.” (Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway, 12-696, 2014 WL 1757828 (U.S. May 5, 2014)) Therefore, excluding a particular faith group from consideration is unconstitutional. (Pelphrey v. Cobb County, 547 F.3d 1263, 1276 (11th Cir. 2008)).

The phrase “rotation scheme” was mentioned in the oral arguments on page 43 at this link:

supremecourt.gov oral arguments of the Greece v. Galloway case

Here is the quote:
JUSTICE BREYER: All right. …..  [snipped out a portion] ….Then the fourth approach,  …. let’s try to be inclusive. ….   in other words, so you didn’t get the right prayer today, but you — and even with the nonreligious, ….you know many believe in the better angels of our nature and the spiritual side of humankind; it’s not impossible to appeal to them. So you say, you’ll have your chance. And that’s the thing I would like you to explore. Is there a way of doing that or is that preferable to the other ways or do we get into trouble?

MR. LAYCOCK: …..  rotation scheme ….
end quote

I would love for our city council to respect the diversity of our lovely city

If you know anyone that wants to give the invocation at the city council meeting, please ask them to write or email or call the council member that represents their district.

I just wrote my council member (district 6). His assistant says that he has put a Bishop and a Rabbi on the list.

The address for all the council members:
117 W. Duval Street, Suite 425 (32202)

JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, their phone number and email address and district:
1 Joyce Morgan (DEM) 630‐1389 JOYCEMORGAN@coj.net
2 Al Ferraro (REP) 630‐1392 FERRARO@coj.net
3 Aaron L. Bowman (REP) 630‐1386 ABOWMAN@coj.net
4 Scott Wilson (REP) 630‐1394 SWILSON@coj.net
5 Lori N. Boyer (REP) 630‐1382 LBOYER@coj.net
6 Matt Schellenberg (REP) 630‐1388 MATTS@coj.net
7 Reggie Gaffney (DEM) 630‐1384 RGAFFNEY@coj.net
8 Katrina Brown (DEM) 630‐1385 KBROWN@coj.net
9 Garrett L. Dennis (DEM) 630‐1395 GARRETTD@coj.net
10 Reginald L. Brown (DEM) 630‐1684 RBROWN@coj.net
11 Danny Becton (REP) 630‐1383 DBECTON@coj.net
12 Doyle Carter (REP) 630‐1380 DOYLEC@coj.net
13 Bill Gulliford (REP) 630‐1397 GULLIFORD@coj.net
14 Jim Love (REP) 630‐1390 JIMLOVE@coj.net

These are the at large members:
AL 1 Anna Lopez Brosche (REP) 630‐1393 ABROSCHE@coj.net
AL 2 John R. Crescimbeni (DEM) 630‐1381 JRC@coj.net
AL 3 Tommy Hazouri (DEM) 630‐1396 THAZOURI@coj.net
AL 4 Greg Anderson (REP) 630‐1398 GANDERSON@coj.net
AL 5 Samuel Newby (REP) 630‐1387 SNEWBY@coj.net