Religions and Spirituality

Cranford Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Interfaith Service & Award

79ad5916513cf1adc651_IMG_1630.jpeg
Dancers from the Cranford High School Academy performed pieces centered around social justice. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
282b691e8629ef5ddf6d_IMG_1618.jpeg
Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. welcomed the audience on behalf of the township. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
f3a1474a84b2ad91e5b0_IMG_1648.jpeg
Speakers from religious institutions from Cranford led the service. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
0a1af2326a530ffcf741_IMG_1674.jpeg
Kevin Mahoney accepted an award for his volunteerism to a standing ovation. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
3a4a04951590bfbd7d5e_IMG_1676.jpeg
Artwork from Cranford High School students was displayed. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
79ad5916513cf1adc651_IMG_1630.jpeg

CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Clergy Council held its annual interfaith service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday evening at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The service featured speakers from Cranford Alliance Church, First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Calvary Lutheran Church, Cranford United Methodist Church, St. Mark’s A.M.E. Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim.

Additionally, the Cranford High School Madrigals and Academy Dancers performed pieces dedicated to themes of social justice. Artwork from high school students was displayed near the front of the church.

Sign Up for E-News

Mayor Thomas Hannen, Jr. called on those in attendance to evaluate themselves and their actions.

“If Dr. King was with us today, how would he evaluate our progress on the journey that he started for us many years ago?” Hannen asked the attendees. “Have we cared for the poor? Housed the homeless? Fed the hungry? Have we done our part to all injustice against those for reasons of race, economic status or country of origin?”

Rev. Cameron Overbey and Rev. Carol Lindsay later read a section of the Bible, which was interspersed with quotes from King that were real aloud by students from the CHS Diversity Council.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” the students finished the segment with.

Next, a homily was given by Rev. Andy Kruger, who spoke about the everyday racism that occurs today.

“It’s one thing to talk about racism at a structural level,” Kruger said. “I think one of the most difficult moments in my own life was when I recognized that I was racist. I’ve never used a racial slur and I was raised by parents who instilled in me the reality of the dignity of all human beings. But when you grow up in a culture that is endemically racist, things rub off on you, almost by osmosis. Realizing that in my own heart was a very difficult and painful experience. But I guess that’s the first step in recognizing that there’s a problem. My point to my prayer is that God would grant us the clarity to see into our own hearts and the courage to begin to continue the work in bringing about a truly equal society.”

Near the end of the service, Kevin Mahoney was presented with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Civil and Human Rights. Mahoney received the award for his volunteerism and compassionate nature and accepted the award to a standing ovation.

“Words alone cannot express how honored I am to receive this award,” Mahoney said. “I’m extremely humbled, especially when I think about the people I work with. They are just as deserving as I am.”

He continued to discuss his volunteer work with homeless individuals and families and asked that everyone recognize the root of poverty.

“I ask all of us here to do a better job of making sure that people understand the core issues of poverty,” Mahoney said. “Homelessness is well beyond the person living in an old cardboard box in the city of New York. The working poor are people who may have lost their way or simply can’t afford to live in an apartment while working for low wages. Are there some who fall through the cracks?  I have to admit yes. But why wouldn’t we then work to help save the children? So the next time someone says it’s just not working, tell them it will as long as we continue to work on the root causes of poverty in our society.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Cranford H.S. Athletes of the Week: Anna Horne & Phil Marotta

April 17, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - Due to impressive performances as goalies for varsity lacrosse, Anna Horne and Phil Marotta are Cranford High School's Athletes of the Week.

Horne, a junior, has 408 career saves. Her current total for the season is 84 saves as she helped lead the Cougars to victory in games against Montville and Governor Livingston.

"I like the team dynamic of lacrosse," ...

Northside Kitchen Wins ‘Best Bite’ at Westfield’s Sandwichfest

April 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Northside Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich beat sandwiches from nine other local restaurants to win “Best Bite” by popular vote at Sandwichfest Sunday. Northside Kitchen is located at 760 Prospect St. in Westfield.

More than 400 ticket holders each had a chance to taste 10 sandwiches and vote for their favorite, according to Rory Chadwick, one of ...

Cranford Knights Wecome Chief Ryan Greco

April 23, 2018

On Tuesday, April 17, the Cranford Knights of Columbus welcomed Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco for a Meet and Greet before the start of the General Meeting. Chief Greco shared his vision for the Department and held a Q&A session for all Knights present at the Meeting. As a token of their appreciation, the Council gave Chief Greco an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol in ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

April 17, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 04/10/2018 10:11 a.m.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Manuel Ramos, 20, Newark

Arrested by: Ptl. Thomas ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, April 24, 7:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

The History of Hanson Park and Surrounding ...

Education

Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

The Cranford Hotel (sponsored by Calvary Lutheran Church), Cranford

Beer & Bible

Religions And Spirituality

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...