Invocation speakers July 2017 to June 2018 for Jacksonville City Council meetings

Contact info for council members this year

July 25–Rev. McGinley, pastor at Old Plank Rd Baptist.
August 8 –Pastor Keith Russell, Westside Baptist Church
August 22 — Adam Peterson – Rise Church
Sept 7 — Council Member Doyle Carter
Sept 12 — Meeting cancelled due to Irma
Sept 18 — Pat Archuleta – Chaplain of Cecil Field POW/MIA and Jesus Loves Veterans
Sept 26 –Pastor Mac Brunson – First Baptist Church Jacksonville
Oct 10 — Trinity United Methodist Church’s part time pastor and chaplain for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office  David S. Williams
Oct 24  Pastor Dwayne Sumner – West Normandy Baptist Church
Nov 14 –Council Member Doyle Carter
Nov 28 – Bishop John E. Guns – St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
Dec 12 – Council Member Doyle Carter
Jan 9th – Another Baptist — Old Plank Road Baptist Church
Jan 23rd – Bishop Edward Robinson – Southside Church of God in Christ
Feb 13th–A pastor from the White House Baptist Church.

Link to City Council meetings

Invocation speakers July 2016 to June 2017 for Jacksonville City Council meetings

Council member Morgan was the chaplain this fiscal year (2016-2017).  She achieved a certain level of diversity, yes?  I applaud her efforts.  Do you?  I hope future city council chaplains will either do away with the invocation period or work harder to invite speakers from diverse groups.  Jacksonville is a very diverse town.

July 26, 2016 –Kyle Reese.  You can hear it at this LINK .  Kyle Reese is a Baptist pastor and also on the board of OneJax..
August 9 —Pastor Messer ( LINK  of meeting)  with Trinity Baptist Church.
August 23 —Council Member Morgan gave the invocation and you can hear it at this LINK
Sept 13   – Father Nick Louh – St. John Greek Orthodox Church
Sept 27 –Bishop Michael Mitchell, St. Stephen A.M.E. Church
Oct 11 —  Pastor Joe Newton with  Connection Church of Jacksonville
October 25 –Bishop PERCY J. GOLDEN –chaplain of Fire fighters ?
Nov 9– Dr. Sharon Paryani, Local Spiritual Assembly, Baha’i Faith
Nov 22- Rabbi Yaakov Fisch, ETZ Chaim Synagogue
Dec 13–Rev. Susan Rogers, The Well at Springfield
Jan 10 — Dr. Mobeen Rathore, a Faith Leader of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida
Jan 24–  Clayton Levins – You can hear introduction and prayer at this LINK –He is another Baptist.
Feb 14 —Rev. Dr. D. Lovett Sconiers, Chaplain & Religion Professor, Edward Waters College ..   LINK
Feb 28 —  Father Rafael Lavilla, St. Paul’s Catholic Church
March 14 –Deacon Patrick Goin, Holy Spirit Catholic Church
March 28 —Charles Christie –This LINK gives a little info about him.
LINK to invocation  He talks about Jesus but I’m not sure which Christian denomination.
April 11 — – Bishop George Davis, Impact Church
April 25 — A Hindu priest—  You can here the invocation at this LINK
May 9–Rev. Robert L. Morris, Jr.  of First Presbyterian Church
May 23 — Sukhbir Singh, Sikh Society of Northeast Florida
June 13 — Dr. Morgan Browning, Campus Pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
June 27 — Rev. Saundra Gadsden, Chaplain UF Health Jacksonville

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:

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: 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 ….
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