The Christian SonRise Fellowship may conduct its Wednesday evening meals for San Diego’s hungry once again under a temporary order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson Jr.
Thompson’s ruling temporarily rebuffs efforts by the city and county to halt the meals on the grounds that the Hillcrest church has not met health and safety standards for serving food. In May, the 6th Avenue church stopped serving meals after city officials said it did not meet health standards and lacked zoning permits, and would need a special permit to operate as a mission.
In issuing the temporary restraining order, the judge said he believed the Christian SonRise Fellowship was exercising the freedom of religion by serving the meals. The restraining order will be in effect until a July 8 hearing on a preliminary injunction in the case.