Religions and Spirituality

Springfield Hosted First Annual Homeless Persons’ Vigil – Shining a Light on the Longest Night of the Year

Group Prayer Credits: Chip Dickson
Lighting the Candles Credits: Chip Dickson
The Band Credits: Chip Dickson
Claas Ehlers - President of Family Promise and Rabbi Edelman Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In a well attended event, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield hosted the “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil” Wednesday evening as part of the 1st Annual Homeless Sabbath.  Members of many congregations around Union County participated in it including all members of the Springfield Interfaith Council. 

Aside from the religious institutions, non-profit organizations also participated. They included Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Coalition of House the Homeless, Family Promise of Union County, HomeFirst, Monarch Housing Residents and Union County Coordinating Council.  Members of Springfield H.O.P.E. and the Springfield Lions Club also provided support and refreshments.

Reverend Vicky Ney of Springfield Presbyterian gave the Benediction and was followed by Rabbi Edelman followed and said, “…may those that are hungry be hungry no more.”  Many members of other congregations also participated.  A candle was lit for every homeless person in attendance.  Between the words and prayers there was music.  After the Vigil  there was refreshments and socializing.

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