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Best Of Intersection 2016: Pastor Joel Hunter Soul Searching After Pulse

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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.

“I’ve always thought of myself as being especially inclusive of those who are in vulnerable communities, those who have not been included, those who have been left out,” said Hunter.

Hunter described it as an “awakening moment.”

“I was not aware of the acute vulnerability of the LGBTQ community, of the level of suicide, of the level of disrespect and so forth,” he said.

“I’ve had so many conversations now with so many LGBTQ folks, not just in my own congregation but leaders in the community, that I’ve really gone on a steep learning curve here,” said Hunter.

This is part of a longer interview that aired on Intersection in September 2016. Listen to the complete interview here

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About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »