The Summit Interfaith Council is pleased to announce its new slate of officers for the coming year:
- Rabbi Hannah Orden – President
- Rev. Vernon Williams – Vice President
- Pres. Corey Chivers – Secretary
- Rev. Debra Huggins – Treasurer
The Meeting Schedule is as follows:
- September 10 – Central Presbyterian Church
- October 15 – Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- November 12 – Congregation Ohr Shalom – Summit JCC
- November 21 -Thanksgiving Service at Fountain Baptist Church (7:30pm)
- December 10-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – Short Hills
- January 14 – Temple Sinai
- January 20 – MLK Day of Service
- February 11 – Fountain Baptist Church
- March 10 – St. Teresa of Avila
- April 21 – Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church
- May 12 – Christ Church – Summit
We, the Summit Interfaith Council (The Interfaith) of Summit, NJ, state unequivocally that we affirm community safety and trust, the equal treatment of all of our citizens as well as the stranger among us. We denounce the rhetoric of bigotry and hatred. We call upon our elected and appointed leaders to uphold the principles of justice, fairness and equality for all. We denounce racial bias and discrimination, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant activity, Islamophobia, hate speech, hate crimes, homophobia as well as disrespect and unequal treatment for women and people with disabilities. We call upon our elected and appointed leaders to serve all Americans, uniting our deeply divided country. We call upon our elected and appointed leaders to create jobs with livable wages and to improve the quality of life for Americans trapped in poverty. We call upon our elected and appointed leaders to renounce the language of racism, sexism, bigotry and xenophobia. We further call upon our elected and appointed leaders to condemn groups that spread such hate.
One of the key beliefs of the Interfaith is the biblical injunction to love the stranger. In the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls on the faithful to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted. We are responsible to a higher calling, a higher law that takes precedent over the flawed and outdated immigration laws.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, August 14, we responded to the hate exhibited in Charlottesville by coming together in love. Click here to read more about it.