Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this podcast, a longtime pastor and respected leader reflects on the recent Pulse nightclub shooting in his hometown and shares: What kind of leadership pastors can bring to communities in crisis; How churches can prepare for such events; How his conversion story impacts his ministry ...
Joel Hunter is the pastor at Northland, a Church Distributed. Northland is a non-denominational church in Longwood, with some 20,000 members. After the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June Hunter took time out to reflect on his beliefs and on how the church treats the LGBT community.
President Barack Obama greets Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, during the Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2014 at the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) This story was co-published with the Marshall Project.
(RNS) In the aftermath of the shooting at an Orlando, Fla., gay club, diverse leaders in the city have reached out to the LGBT community. One surprising photo emerged: evangelical megachurch pastor Joel Hunter shaking hands with Equality Florida's Carlos Smith. It was a simple gesture, captured by a local newspaper reporter, but one with deep symbolic meaning.
I, along with so many others, am deeply saddened by the mass killings this morning at an Orlando nightclub. There is no place for hate and violence among us. Whether we are speaking as Christians or citizens of the United States, our founding documents are clear:
“You shall not murder” is the sixth Commandment.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are the words in The Declaration of Independence.
We stand in profound sympathy with the family and friends of the victims. We also pray for those who knew and are horrified by the actions of the perpetrator.
May God give comfort to the hurting and change the hearts of those who would harm others.
Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed
ACCESSWIRE] ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / April 1, 2016 / On Monday, March 14, 2016 the film "Don't Look Away" made its theatrical debut at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, FL. The film which focuses on the growing epidemic of human trafficking brought together community and business leaders of Central Florida for a private "invitation only" event to support a worthy cause.