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Summit Interfaith Council Hosts Environmentally-Themed Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23

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Summit, a pilot site for the GreenFaith Circle, hosted an interfaith environmentally themed Thanksgiving


SUMMIT, NJ -  The Summit Interfaith Council and Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center (COS-SJCC) will host the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service November 23 at 5 p.m.

The service will be held at COS-SJCC, with the Summit GreenFaith Circle – a newly formed coalition of Summit area faith communities comprised of Congregation Ohr Shalom, Central Presbyterian Church, Christ Church, United Methodist Church, Summit Unitarian Church and Interweave – helping to plan an environmentally-themed service in keeping with the work they have been doing together since June to inspire environmental stewardship throughout the Summit area.

Rabbi Avi Friedman and Cantor Janet Roth of Congregation Ohr Shalom are coordinating this annual event, and Reverend Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith’s Executive Director, will deliver the keynote address.

Reverend Harper is an Episcopal priest who leads GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition committed to guiding houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to become better environmental stewards.  An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, Harper teaches about the moral and spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice.

Reverend Emilie Boggis, Summit Unitarian Church, will speak as president of the Summit Interfaith Council, and Mayor Ellen Dickson will add comments.  Reverend Don Steele of Central Presbyterian Church, and Vice President of the Summit Interfaith Council, is overseeing the service.

The inclusive ecumenical service will include inspiring musical selections and will feature a “environmental fair” both before and after the service.  The public is invited to a come at 4:30 p.m. and visit the exhibits of various Summit-based environmental groups. including the Summit Environmental Commission, the Summit Conservancy, Summit Recycling Advisory Committee, Briant Park Olmsted Conservancy, Summit Community Garden, Summit Shade Tree Advisory Committee, and Summit Free Market.  The displays will also be available to visit after the service.

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