Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
This week, Central Florida clergy long involved with the struggle for LGBTQ equality had a chance to be with those new to the journey for greater understanding, acceptance, and affirmation. The opportunity to share stories and build relationships came as the National LGBTQ Task Force hosted a gathering of their National Religious Leaders Roundtable in Orlando at the invitation of Equality Florida and Florida Clergy United. As we approach the six month anniversary of the Pulse tragedy, we continue to deepen our understanding that only through a strengthened community that includes all will we move forward with health and wholeness..
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
How will Central Florida fare, and respond, amid calls for prolonged nationwide boycotts of states, municipalities, corporations, and institutions that promote police brutality, racial violence, and systemic injustice? Protests and advocacy have helped to raise awareness of the daunting problems of our American society. Boycotts will make pleas for progress harder to ignore and true justice harder to avoid. “They” can throw letters in the barrel and shake their heads at the people in streets but concentrated economic impact is harder to ignore. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Do the right thing… here in Central Florida… and everywhere.
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