SHORT HILLS, NJ - Interweave will be honoring two distinguished Global Citizens: The Venerable Peter Jackson, Archdeacon of Episcopal Diocese of Newark and Osman Oztoprak, the Managing Director, Alliance for Shared Values. 

The Venerable Peter Jackson is the archdeacon of the Episcopal diocese of Newark. Peter Jackson was Chief Editor of the Yearbook of the United Nations, responsible for the annual publication of an authoritative reference work of the activities of the entire UN system. He recently retired from that position after 18 years of service. Jackson also served an advisor in Columbia University’s Information Management Program.  He previously held the position of Chief of Conference Services at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community in Georgetown, Guyana.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of French language and literature at the University of Guyana.  Jackson holds a BA from the University of Guyana and a BA, an MA and a PhD from the University of Bordeaux III, France. He is currently serving Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange.

Osman Oztoprak is a founder and former school principal. He taught Science and served as the principal of a private school in NJ for 7 years. Mr. Oztoprak has been involved in Turkish American Community’s affairs since 2001. He played an active role in founding of many Turkish American intercultural and interfaith organizations in NY and NJ area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and earned a master’s degree in Education at Rutgers University New Brunswick, and another Master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations from Whitehead School at Seton Hall University.  Currently, he is working as the Managing Director at the Alliance for Shared Values, which serves as an umbrella organization for Interfaith organizations in the U.S and serves as an information center for the Hizmet Movement.

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Interweave Executive Director, Janet Aulet Maulbeck, shared her belief that their theme of “Weaving the World, Celebrating Global Citizenship "is a message that needs to be cultivated! In what can seem like a cynical world - we come together to celebrate goodness, grace, community and the common good.”

The evening will include fellowship, music, ethnic dishes and delights. The proceeds of this event will benefit Interweave which is dedicated to spirituality wellness and the common good. Tickets starting at $75 and can be purchased at

Interweave Benefit Event, Weaving the World, Celebrating Global Citizenship will be held this Sunday June 16, 5pm - 8pm at Christ Church, 66 Highland Avenue in Short Hills.
About Interweave

Since 1980, Interweave's mission has been to deepen spirituality, strengthen wellness and promote the common good. Interweave focuses on integrated spirituality for daily living, offering opportunities for growth and support through programs, retreats, and support groups. Interweave sees its work as a powerful vehicle for both spiritual, personal and social change. Interweave has campuses in Summit, Short Hills, Mendham and Montclair.