Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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Date:
Sunday, November 23rd

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: Congregation Ohr Shalom – SJCC

Who: Free & Open to the Public – please join us!

What: Musical presentations by the choirs, bands and groups of Summit’s interfaith community, a presentation by and about GreenFaith, a Green Fair with displays by local environmental groups as well as a brief worship service followed by food and fellowship.  Please bring non-perishables and/or a monetary gift for SHIP.

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Congratulations to our New Leadership Team

Officers for 2014-15:

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Rev. Emilie Boggis, President
emilie@ucsummit.org
 

Rev. Don Steele, Vice-President
dsteele@centralpres.org
 

Rev. Gladys Moore, Treasurer-Secretary
pastor@stjohnssummit.org
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Summit’s 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 20, 2014 

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Candle Light Vigil – December 14th @4:00pm

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 To honor the children and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School and all others lost to gun violence, an interfaith candlelight vigil will be held on Summit’s Village Green from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 14, the first anniversary of the mass murder. Residents from all nearby towns are invited to participate. 

Rev. Vanessa Southern, senior minister of The Unitarian Church in Summit, will be the host and main speaker. The program will include remarks by Sheriff Ralph Froehlich of Union County; William Edwards, a Vietnam veteran who was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force; Samuel Arnold, President of the Garden State Funeral Directors Association, and the mother of a child slain on a local playground.

The vigil remembers the 20 first-graders and six teachers shot to death on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter also killed his mother and himself.

The program will open with a local youth choir. After the speeches, all participants will light candles while professional singer Karen Egert, leader of NJ Residents for Action Against Gun Violence, performs “Sweet Angel,” which she wrote after the Newtown shooting. Her song will be followed by a recording of Newtown’s Youth Choir singing “My Beautiful Town.”  Participants will be invited to join in the last verse.

For further information, write preventgunviolence2013@gmail.com

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Summit Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Thanksgiving cornucopia sunriseDate: Sunday, November 24th

Time: 5:00 pm

Place: Central Presbyterian Church – Summit, NJ

Who: Free & Open to the Public – please join us!

 

What: Musical presentations by the choirs, bands and groups of Summit’s interfaith community, a presentation by and about Family Promise as well as a brief worship service followed by food and fellowship.  Please bring non-perishables and/or a monetary gift for Family Promise.

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A Statement in Response to a Hate Crime

As religious leaders in the City of Summit, we are proud of the way that our diverse community came together recently in response to a natural disaster.  It was a powerful reminder that caring for our fellow human beings is a principle that unites us all.

Sadly, a recent act of vandalism here in Summit—the painting of a swastika on private property—reminds us that we are often quick to forget the humanity of those who may be of different religions or backgrounds. Whatever the motivation behind the act, it was a crude message of bigotry, and alien to the kind of welcoming and diverse community Summit seeks to be.

We believe that each human being, as a child of God, is entitled to be treated with respect, dignity, and understanding.

We believe that the ethical teachings of our common heritage are totally incompatible with any actions or words that injure other human beings because of their differences.

We believe that all people of good will in our community are called to demonstrate more love for those who are different from themselves, to pursue deeper understanding of faith traditions other than their own, and to express greater gratitude for the blessing of diversity.

We, the Summit Interfaith Council, pledge to realize this vision among ourselves, and to help our community become more welcoming to all, inspired by these words:  “Have we not all one Creator? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10)

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May Their Memories Inspire Us to Action

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