More about the Nazi stuff in Gainesville
Here’s some information on alternative events from the Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance:
Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance
Statement on October 19 white nationalist rally
In light of recent public displays of hatred and violence, the distressing normalization of hateful and divisive ideologies, and the impending white nationalist event within our own community, we, the members of Alachua County Faith Leaders Alliance, offer these words of hope.
Gainesville is a city of many colors, beliefs, and ideologies. The diversity of humanity is what makes our city special. Gainesville is a city of hope; our residents and guests know that there is far more uniting us than could ever divide us. We are committed to the conviction that we are one human family. Therefore, we join together to reject beliefs that would tear our community apart.
As faith leaders we stand for love, knowing that each of us is created in the image of our Creator, and by our Creator we are called to care for one another as God cares for us.
Islam teaches us that God organized us into nations and tribes precisely to foster appreciation of the unity underlying our outward differences. The prophet Muhammad said, “All humankind is from Adam and Eve. A white person has no superiority over a black person, nor a black person over a white person except by piety and good action” (Last Sermon, Bukhari 1623,1626,6361).
Judaism teaches that one of God’s core commandments is “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
Christianity teaches that the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
Buddhism teaches us that “Every human being has a basic nature of goodness, which is undiluted and unconfused. That goodness contains tremendous gentleness and appreciation. By serving this world, we can save it. But saving the world is not enough. We have to work to build an enlightened human society as well…” (Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior).
We believe, along with Unitarian Universalist minister, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, that:
“Out of a community of diverse heritage and belief, we come together to share our hope, and to create good in the world. The teachers of all traditions and times have taught that we are called to mercy, generosity, and mutual care and that to be good is to serve. We know that there can be no enduring happiness for humanity so long as despair reigns and want goes unrelieved. Until all may be sheltered, none of us is truly at home. May the power of our various faiths sustain us in this calling, that we may be the hands of holy creativity and justice. Together may we build a better world.”
Today we stand united in our diversity and stronger for it. Gainesville is a city of hope; a city of love; a city of peace. Hate and violence have no place here. We choose to be united in love.
Rev. Andy Bachmann, United Church of Gainesville
Rev. Catherine Dearlove, Trinity Metropolitan Community Church
Rev. Chad Fair, Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Rev. Beth Farabee, First United Methodist Church of Gainesville
Father Reed Freeman, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Rev. Larry Green, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Rev. Milford L.Griner, Bartley Temple United Methodist Church
Rev. Terrance Jacob, University Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Kevin Johnson, First United Methodist Church of Gainesville
Rabbi Michael Joseph, Temple Shir Shalom
Dr. Saeed Khan, Hoda Islamic Center
Rabbi David Kaiman, Congregation B'nai Israel
Rev. Maureen Killoran, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
Sandy Lyon, Gainesville Quaker Meeting
Rev. Eve MacMaster, Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Dr. Richard MacMaster, Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Rev. Greg Magruder, Parkview Baptist Church
Rev. Geraldine McClellan, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
Heather Pancoast, Gator Wesley Campus Ministry
Joel Pancoast, Gator Wesley Campus Ministry
Rev. Catherine Fluck Price, Trinity United Methodist Church
Rev. Steve Price, Trinity United Methodist Church
Rev. Talia Raymond, United Church of Gainesville
Rev. Aaron Rousseau, Trinity United Methodist Church
Rev. Lenora Rousseau, Trinity United Methodist Church
Dr. Dennis Shuman, P'nai Or Gainesville Jewish Renewal Congregation
Father Les Singleton, Church of the Mediator
Jan Snyder, Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group
Rev. Shelly Wilson, United Church of Gainesville
Bonnie Zimmer, Gainesville Quaker Meeting
Alternative events planned by ACFLA congregations:
Gainesville Quaker Meeting
October 19, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Meeting for worship in the Library
All are welcome
Temple Shir Shalom
October 19, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Gathering for peace, an opportunity to spend difficult hours with good friends. Light refreshments will be provided, and opportunities for community-building work. Please consider bringing some food to donate to the hungry, and some food to share with each other.
Trinity United Methodist Church
October 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Open Chapel for prayer, meditation, and candlelighting
United Church of Gainesville
October 16-19 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Labyrinth walk for prayers and meditation in the sanctuary
October 19, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Service of Labyrinth Walk, Candlelighting, and Prayers
Also on October 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm, ART FOR PEACE, an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to create art together
All events are open to the public
Some local breweries were doing giveaways for people who turn in tickets for the Spencer event, but it’s advised not to buy tickets, even if it does leave the hall empty, because that money goes to Spencer.
PLEASE REBLOG THIS, I’m actually in G’ville.