Interfaith Council Explores Formation of "Green Circle"

Representatives of Summit’s “Green Circle,”  Back row, from left: Alida Gorin (Congregation Ohr Shalom), Shela Waldron, (United Methodist Church), Karen Chesny (Christ Church), Rev. Fletcher Harper (Green Faith), Sheila Baker Gujral (Unitarian Church).  Front row, from left: Marjorie Fox (Congregation Ohr Shalom), Rev. Lana Antar (Christ Church), Susan Haig (Central Presbyterian Church), Rabbi Avi Friedman (Congregation Ohr Shalom), Rev. Emelie Boggis, (Unitarian Church), Leslie Carson (Christ Church) and Bill Glancy (United Methodist Church).  Attendees not pictured:  Mimi Zukoff and Yelena Khusid (both of Congregation Ohr Shalom).

SUMMIT, NJ - Representatives from five Summit houses of worship met recently to discuss the possibility of forming a “Green Circle” in Summit. 

Summit would be one of only two communities in the USA to form a “Green Circle,” which would provide structure and support for community-wide interfaith environmental programming as well as institution-specific programming. 
Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, was the guest speaker at this organizational meeting, which was moderated by Rabbi Avi Friedman of Congregation Ohr Shalom, past president of the Summit Interfaith Council, and Reverend Emilie Boggis of the Unitarian Church in Summit, who is the current president of the Summit Interfaith Council.  
GreenFaith works to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds to lead environmental stewardship programs in their individual and collective faith communities.  These religious congregations feel strongly that protecting the earth is a shared religious value and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.  Any religious institution in the Summit area is welcome to join in this effort.


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