DUMONT, N.J. -- An interfaith service to stop violence and promote peace takes place on Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church in Bergenfield.
Clergy representing diverse faith communities will lead a special service and call to action. Participating interfaith clergy include,
- Rev. Elaine Wing, Calvary UMC, Dumont
- Peggy Niederer, President, Bergen County Council of Churches
- Rev. David Wehrle, Leonia UMC
- Rev. Susan Kerr, Old North Reformed Church, Dumont
- Rev. Cyndy Stouffer, Pearl River UMC
- Rabbi Paul Jacobson, Temple Avodat Shalom, River Edge
- Trustee Alka Chandra, Hindu Community of Bergen County, Ridgewood
- Ercan Tozan, Executive Director, Peace Islands Institute, Hasbrouck Heights
- Imam Mohammed Charaf, Elzahra Islamic Center, Midland Park
- Rev. Jongln Lee, Good Shepherd UMC, Bergenfield
There will be special music by Calvary UMC's Praise Band and Choir, with vocalists Lauren D’ Imperio and Nancy Quinn, as well as pianist and Calvary UMC Music Director Nathan Pezzotti, a graduate of The Julliard School.
The 7:30 p.m. interfaith service of music, prayer and readings will include a strong call for action. Information will be available about mental health and gun control options and organizations.
The purpose is to gather persons of all faiths for a message of hope and to encourage greater awareness and action promoting peace and reducing handgun and assault weapon violence and homicide.
There will be an opportunity to sign posters, which will be delivered to victims, first responders, medical staff, and others who assisted victims in Orlando, Fla.
Calvary UMC is located at 185 W. Madison Ave., Dumont. Parking is in the rear of the building off Cooper Street and the sanctuary is wheelchair accessible.
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