MISSIONGATHERING FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY OF SAN DIEGO OVER CLOSING OF YOUTH SHELTER AND MUSIC VENUE
San Diego, California: After over two months since the City of San Diego ordered that Missiongathering Christian Church in North Park cease operations of its weekly homeless youth shelter and cancel rentals of its sanctuary for music events, Missiongathering officially filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego on Friday, October 11, 2019.
“Our church has continually reached out to the City for over two months, urging them to come to the table and negotiate with us to restore our homeless ministry and music outreach.”, said Lead Pastor Brandan Robertson. “After hearing not a single official response from the City, we have decided at the direction of our legal counsel to file a lawsuit against the City for violating our first-amendment right to the free exercise of our faith on our property.”
The lawsuit cites several violations by the City, including violations of the Federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. “We have avoided filing a lawsuit at all costs, but the City’s unresponsiveness has put our congregation in a dire position where our very survival is being threatened” Pastor Robertson continued. Missiongathering is represented by Jennifer L. Bursch of Tyler and Bursch, LLP.
The church has launched a GoFundMe Page and is hosting a Community Oktoberfest Fundraiser on October 27 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM to help raise funds for their legal fees and repairs of the campus.
Missiongathering Christian Church is a progressive, inclusive Christian church in the heart of North Park. Led by millennial author and activist Pastor Brandan Robertson, we seek to be a force for justice and peace in San Diego and around the world.