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Franklin Township Interfaith Council to Host Community Vigil (UPDATE Speakers Announced)

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Interfaith Council will have local, county and state officials speaking at this Sunday's community vigil at St. Mathias Aug. 20, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Local religious leaders will also speak at the vigil. Each speaker is expected to speak for three minutes.  

1-Welcome and opening remarks-- Dr. Alex Kharazi

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2-Fr. Doug, St. Mathias Church

3-Phil Kramer - Mayor

4-Rabbi Garfinkel--Temple Beth El

5-Imam Rizwan Rizvi, Masjid-e-Ali; statement to be read by Dr. Aftab Husian, Chairman

6-Dr. Wije Kottachachchi--Buddhist Vihara Meditation Center

7-Brian Levine--Freeholder

8-Pastor George -Middlebush Reformed Church, statement read by Rabbi Garfinkel

9-Ed Potosnak- Franklin Township BOE President  

10-Ms. Shanel Robinson-Councilwoman At-Large

11-Rev. Sharon Culley-Presbyterian Church

12-Joe Danielsen--Assemblyman

13-Closing Remarks, recognition of other dignitaries--Alex Kharazi

14-Candle light vigil, stand up for the other pledge-Read by Dr. M. Ali Chaudry

Original article:

Franklin is home to many different voices, and some of them will gather to speak out against hate and violence this weekend. 

The Franklin Township Interfaith Council is sponsoring a vigil to be held Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Mathias Catholic church, from 8-9 p.m.

"We are deeply saddened and concerned by emboldened hatred and violence that is taking place across our nation with the latest (example) being Saturday with a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in 19 people injured and the death of Heather Heyer," FT Interfaith Council, President Dr. Alex Kharazi said in an email statement.   

Local officials and community leaders are expected to attend the gathering. All are welcome to attend, and the FT Interfaith Council encourages the community to invite their friends, family, and neighbors.

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