SUMMIT, NJ - In September of 2016, two Summit houses of worship -- Fountain Baptist Church and Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) -- raised Black Lives Matter banners, and jointly participated in a march through the Hilltop City that drew more than 500 people from the community and neighboring towns.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary, the two congregations will unite in a service December 3, beginning at 5 p.m., at Fountain Baptist Church. with the entire community is invited as the two congregations pledge to continue their commitment to “go beyond the banner” in their fight against racism.

Guest preacher at the celebration will be Reverend Charles Boyer, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodbury, who will be joined by fellow speakers Reverend J. Michael Sanders, Senior Pastor at Fountain, and Reverend Robin Tanner, Minister of Worship and Outreach at Beacon UU, along with members of both congregations.

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The offering collected at the service will be used for anti-racism training in Summit. Boyer is a strong social justice advocate with a focus on racial justice, calling the black church back to its liberationist roots, particularly regarding mass incarceration. He is a trustee of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey and a leader of the NJ Coalition of Religious Leaders and the NJ Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement.

A third generation African Methodist Episcopal minister, Boyer holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus.

For further information, call Beacon UU at 908-273-3245 or Fountain Baptist at 908-273-1199, or visit summitbeacon.org.