MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Union Baptist Church of Montclair will commence its 6th
Interfaith and Ecumenical Sacred Series of Studies and travel around the Montclair township
for 9 weeks listening to Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders talk from the subject, “Break
the Hate: Confronting White Supremacy and Its Impact on Diverse Groups.”
In the last three weeks, there have been a string of hateful assaults on the Jewish community
including a kosher market in Jersey City and a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York. Through
dialogue, education, and community gatherings, we are committed to do the painstaking
work to stop the violence and break the hate.
Union Baptist Church of Montclair is committed to addressing the issue of gun violence and
a widening culture of hatred through a series of strategic actions under the hashtag
In a town gathering on Saturday, September 7th, entitled, “Break the Hate: A Faithful
Response to the Crisis of Gun Violence in America,” Mr. Chris Singleton spoke in Union’s DC
Rice Hall and shared with 130 persons from Essex County a profound message that love is
greater than hate. He talked about the life-changing power of forgiveness in response to the
tragic death of his mother, the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who was shot in Bible
study, in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina.
On Sunday, September 8th, he preached, “My Purpose is Greater Than My Pain,” and talked
about how he discovered the inner strength and grace to overcome the unthinkable. Mr.
Singleton goal has been to travel to as many states as possible sharing his message of love
as a faithful response to the epidemic of love. He said, “If the shooter knew my mom and
experienced her warm embrace, it is unlikely he would have done this.”
On Thursday, November 14th, Union continued its social justice work and its pastor, Rev. Dr.
Campbell Singleton, proudly presented New Jersey State Senator Nia Gill, Esq. with a stack
of signatures collected by its membership demanding passage of gun measures including
Universal Background Check and the Keep Americans Safe Act - a ban on assault weapons
with more than 10 rounds of ammunition in its magazine. These signatures were given to
New Jersey State Senators Corey Booker, Robert Menendez and other congressional
Senator Gill, Esq., a strong and courageous leader who has served the 34th Legislative
District, Essex County, for 17 years, came to a packed Lower Sanctuary in Union and
reflected upon pertinent issues she is engaging including, Assembly Bill 2761 which curbs
the size of ammunition in a guns magazine.