SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Interfaith Council will hold a community vigil December 21 on the Village Green. The event, its theme centered around claiming humanity for one another, will begin at 6 p.m.
In an e-mail to the Council, Unitarian Church Assistant Minister Emilie Boggis, who serves as president of the group, said, "I see this vigil as one of the many things that the Summit Interfaith Council, not to mention all of our individual houses of worship and larger faith movements, will organize or be a part of. Please continue to speak up and show up in many different ways in order to make this conversation and change truly happen."
The impetus for the event are the recent racially-charged events in Ferguson, MO, and Staten Island
In response to any security concerns surrounding the event, Boggis wrote, "We are working to hire safety officials and busing so that people will remain safe - even in the dark. We are also working on the (event's) program." Interfaith Council leaders previously noted they had coordinated the event with Police Chief Weck, so that public safety will be assured during the event.
Boggis stated a central message will be centered around the South African concept of Ubunt u. "We belong to each other, and if we belong to each other, we participate in our creations: we are because you are, and since you are, definitely I am."
The program will be 30-40 minutes long with readings, music, and candle lighting.
In the event of snow, the vigil will be held at Fountain Baptist Church, located at 116 Glenside Avenue. For further information, visit summitinterfaith.org