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The Jacksonville Daily Record

Harvest Baptist Church was preparing to build a new campus on property it bought along the Arlington Expressway when the call came with another option.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses will be holding three-day conventions at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on June 15-17 and June 29-July 1.

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Senior Pastor Mac Brunson announced during his Sunday service that is resigning his position at First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville.

Faith Matters 3/15/2018: Faith In The Workplace

Mar 15, 2018

Thursday on Faith Matters hosts Kyle Reese, Senior Pastor at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and Executive Director of OneJax Nancy Broner took a look at religion in the workplace.

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A Jacksonville pastor is calling for a three day fast as a way to try and end gun violence.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a law guaranteeing religious expression in schools.

The House version of the bill was sponsored by Rep. Kim Daniels, D-Jacksonville, who's also a pastor. When she presented it to the House in April, she said it clarifies what’s already legal.


Faith Matters: The Religious Minority Experience In Jacksonville

Jun 9, 2016

Jacksonville is seen as a religiously diverse city with many faiths represented. However, Christianity accounts for 94.4 percent of the religiously identified population.

What is it like for those in the other 5.6 percent?

On this edition of Faith Matters, hosts Kyle Reese and Nancy Broner explore what it means to be in the religious minority in Jacksonville, and hear from health care and military professionals about serving populations of multiple faiths.

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Clay County Schools

Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant is defending mentions of his religious beliefs in his phone messages to parents. One parent says she’s uncomfortable with what she sees as his “editorializing” in official correspondence.


City of Jacksonville

Updated, 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 22:   

Every Jacksonville City Council meeting begins with an invocation — but the one before this evening’s meeting was different from all the others before it.

Faith Matters: Religion And Politics

Feb 4, 2016

Does the separation of church and state mean that religion has no place in our political beliefs and actions?

On this edition of Faith Matters, hosts Nancy Broner and Kyle Reese explore the role of faith in the political process with local and national religious and political leaders.


Faith Matters: The Nature Of Forgiveness

Oct 22, 2015

On this inaugural episode of Faith Matters,  leaders from a variety of faith perspectives join hosts Nancy Broner and Kyle Reese to discuss an issue central to personal and communal faith: forgiveness.

After the shooting death of nine members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many were challenged to explore their own understanding of the nature of forgiveness while listening to the voices of the victims’ families and fellow church members. We speak with Reverend Tony Hansberry, Presiding Elder of the Suwanee-North Jacksonville District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, about how the church is learning to heal after the tragedy.


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For Tim Kerr the first Thursday of the month means he’s setting up for Beer and Hymns at the Silver Cow, a bar in Jacksonville’s Riverside well known for its long list of ever-changing craft brews and moody lighting.

But the bar has also become a hangout for singing gospel hymns.

“Beer and Hymns is kind of an Irish pub tradition where you get together and you do just what it says, you drink beer and you sing old gospel tunes,” Kerr said. “It’s a lot of fun — kind of karaoke.”

The results of a recent survey conducted by PBS NewsHour and Marist College’s Institute for Public Opinion point to a contrast in opinions along racial lines about the opportunities available today for African Americans. We discuss the state of race relations in America with Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, UNF associate professor of sociology and race expert.


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A Jewish center on Jacksonville’s Southside is getting a brand-new Torah this weekend.

The public is invited to the Chabad of Southside to help celebrate “one of the happiest occasions in Jewish life.” 

Florida House of Representatives

For hours today, the Florida House of Representatives discussed a measure recognizing adoption agencies’ right to refuse prospective parents based on the agencies' religious beliefs.

Opponents of the controversial measure fear it gives agencies that use state money the license to discriminate against a host of people, including those who are gay, transgender or unmarried.

But bill sponsor, Rep. Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford), says religious freedom trumps those concerns.

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