SHORT HILLS, NJ - Interweave will be honoring two distinguished Global Citizens: The Venerable Peter Jackson, Archdeacon of Episcopal Diocese of Newark and Osman Oztoprak, the Managing Director, Alliance for Shared Values during a benefit event to be held on June 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Christ Church, located at 66 Highland Avenue in Short Hills.

The Venerable Peter Jackson is currently serving Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange and is also the archdeacon of the Episcopal diocese of Newark. He recently retired after 18 years of service as Chief Editor of the Yearbook of the United Nations (UN), where he was responsible for the annual publication of an authoritative reference work of the activities of the entire UN system.

Jackson also served an advisor in Columbia University’s Information Management Program and previously held the position of Chief of Conference Services at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community in Georgetown, Guyana. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of French language and literature at the University of Guyana.  

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Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Guyana and a BA, a Master of Arts degree and a PhD from the University of Bordeaux III in France.

Oztoprak is a founder and former school principal, teaching science and serving as the principal of a private school in New Jersey for seven years. He has been involved in Turkish American Community’s affairs since 2001 and played an active role in founding of many Turkish American intercultural and interfaith organizations in the New York and New Jersey areas.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, earned a master’s degree in Education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick and holds another master’s in Diplomacy and International Relations from Whitehead School at Seton Hall University. He is working as the managing director of Alliance for Shared Values, which serves as an umbrella organization for Interfaith organizations in the U.S. and serves as an information center for the Hizmet Movement.

Janet Aulet Maulbeck, Interweave executive director, shared her belief that Interweave's theme of “Weaving the World, Celebrating Global Citizenship" is a message that "needs to be cultivated."

"In what can seem like a cynical world, we come together to celebrate goodness, grace, community and the common good,” said Maulbeck. 

The evening will include fellowship, music, ethnic dishes and delights. The proceeds of this event will benefit Interweave which is dedicated to spirituality wellness and the common good. Tickets starting at $75 and can be purchased HERE.