Religions and Spirituality

May 7, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange. New York’s ABC7, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.”  “This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The musical choices of the Seton Hall University radio station were protested again yesterday. A crowd of about 35 standing beside the University gateway at South Orange Avenue and Centre Street called for the end of WSOU.  The press release for an unnamed “growing coalition ...

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MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday. "Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S.

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The world as we knew it changed on March 14, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and everything shut down. We could no longer congregate in groups –first only 25 then 10. For the first time since the Spanish Flu, our houses of worship closed their doors, at the most vulnerable of ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — During the German City of Frankfurt am Main’s first-ever Mayors Summit Against Anti-Semitism—a live virtual event held on Tuesday in conjunction with the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) in order to “empower the world’s brightest municipal and local leaders to come together to ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- During the viewing yesterday, hundreds of police officers were seen along Broad Street paying their respects to retired Bloomfield Police Officer, Benedetto “Benny” Christiano, who lost his battle to Covid on March 2, 2021 at the age of 53. This morning, members of the ...

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PARSIPPANY, NJ — Pastor Bernadette Glover of St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) on Wednesday. Sherrill hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Black community leaders focused on the disparate impact of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A day after Gov. Phil Murphy addressed his plan to provide equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to New Jersey’s minority communities, Essex County officials announced the formation of a partnership with local religious leaders to springboard this effort.  County ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark announced it will honor it's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day traditions via remote alternatives this year due to COVID-19 concerns, marking the first time in 33 years that the city has not hosted an in-person audience.  The city’s Jan. 18 MLK Day observance, normally held at the ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Joe Louis Clark, the legendary Eastside High School principal who inspired the movie “Lean On Me,” has died at the age of 82, his family said in a statement. After retiring from a three-decade long career in education, Clark moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he passed away Tuesday ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - While many are preparing for Christmas or celebrating Hanukkah, Pagans will be rejoicing at the return of the light. Dec. 21 at 5:02 a.m. marks the Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year, also known as the longest night. From this day forward, the daylight begins to grow ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America. In 2020, Hanuhhah begins in the evening of Dec. 10 and continue through the evening of Dec. 18. According ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ -  All flags will be flown at half-staff through Sunday, December 6, as per Executive Order 206 in honor of State Police Recruit Lucas C. Homeijer, who passed away following injuries sustained during a training exercise at the State Police Academy. “State Police Recruit Homeijer ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 2020 Transgender Day of Remembrance service sponsored by Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association will take place virtually Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The service is open to all. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The time of Diwali is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year. Diwali literally means "a row of lights." It is a time filled with light and love; a time when Indians all over the world rejoice. It is the darkest night of the darkest period, yet it is a ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Famed pastor to celebrities such as Justin Bieber and countless others, has been terminated from his position as pastor of Hillsong Church, located in Montclair. Former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz had confirmed his departure on his Instagram page. According to People Magazine, ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Brookdale Reformed Church invites families of veterans buried in the church's cemetery to an outdoor service Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. The outdoor service will honor all veterans including those buried in the historic cemetery. The cemetery dates back to the early ...

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All Are Welcome to Join in this Observance of Remembrance, Mourning, and Affirmation. The Transgender Day of Remembrance is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. With this service we raise public awareness, mourn and honor the lives of our ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - An election night prayer gathering is being planned by the Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association. On Tuesday, November 3rd from 6 - 7pm, residents are welcome to gather outdoors at St. Mark's Methodist Church (51 Elm St in Montclair). Please wear a mask. Interested ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ--St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield accomplished an amazing feat—collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes for its first-ever shoe drive fundraiser. St. Thomas’ Home and School Association worked with the organization Funds2Orgs to collect gently worn, new or used shoes ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Within minutes of hearing of his passing, members of the community started sharing their memories, and condolences, of Nutley Chamber of Commerce President Dan Leon who suddenly passed away. A figure in the township for several years, Leon stepped up to the challenges facing the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Eagle Rock Reservation will be closed for five hours on the morning of Sept. 11, when Essex County will hold a 19th anniversary memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. This year’s ceremony will be held remotely and live-streamed on the Essex County website and social ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Many are mourning the death of Msgr. William Harms, former pastor of the Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield, from 2000-2011, died Aug. 27, 2020, at Our Lady of Peace Rectory in New Providence, at the age of 80. Msgr. William Harms was remembered for bringing the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Tuesday, August 25th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, a Montclair Prophetic Council to address the issue of policing will be convened via Zoom. Grounded in a shared movement toward collective liberation, a coalition of community and faith-based groups will gather for a Prophetic Council to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ  - For five days at the end of June each year Unitarian Universalists (UU) from all over the world gather to celebrate their religion, connect with one another, vote on important matters and learn new ideas. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unitarian Universalist ...

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  NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in Montclair, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — Last Wednesday in St. Aloysius Church, in front of a limited audience of 100 faculty, parents and family, Trinity Academy formally recognized and celebrated the achievements of each member of its 29th graduating class.  Students were gathered in their cap and gowns – excited, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan.  The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of ...

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