NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Members of the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy issue a statement on the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism and call for "peace and reconciliation for all."

"The New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy Group a strongly condemns the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department.  We feel compelled to speak out against a history of systemic racial injustice and the complete disregard for black and brown lives that have pervaded our society for generations. As people of different faith traditions and beliefs, we grieve together and cry out for justice.

"As we witness the response locally, nationally, and globally we feel a renewed sense of urgency that compels us to act.  In the words of Elie Wiesel, “We must always take sides…Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim…The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.” 

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"It is our belief that in a country that strives to be more perfect, people of every faith and of no faith must resist evil, work for justice and peace, respect the dignity of every person, and most of all to love our neighbor.  To be instruments of peace we call on all people to speak to friends and neighbors to help establish justice for all.  We urge everyone to use social media platforms to call out racist remarks and contact local, state, and federal representatives asking them to initiate and support the work of equal justice for all people regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.  

"Let us work together for peace and reconciliation for all." 

Dr. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge

Rev. Victor Franco, New Providence United Methodist Church

Rabbi Avi Friedman, Congregation Ohr Shalom – Summit JCC

Rev. Dr. Daniel Gunn, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Providence

Rev. Jane McCready, Faith Lutheran Church, New Providence

Rev. William Mahon, Our Lady of Peace, New Providence

Rev. Andrew Prachar, Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, Berkeley Heights

Rev. Kamalesh Stephen, Asian Indian Christian Church, Berkeley Heights