Cranford Clergy Council Statement on Social Justice

Cranford Clergy Council Statement on Social Justice

"What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8


Having observed with mounting concern, among our fellow citizens nationally and even within our congregations, disturbing signs of sharp division over public issues of great importance, the undersigned members of the Cranford Clergy Council offer this statement of common resolve:

In a world sorely tempted to resign itself to accepting distrust and division as normative for the human family, we members of the Clergy Council of Cranford, New Jersey, stand united in:

      • Confessing our faith in a God Who is sovereign over all nations; Who is just, merciful and, above all, loving; and Who created every human being to reflect God’s loving nature;
      • Denouncing the reprehensible hate crimes that have been perpetrated in the past weeks in our nation, whether against individuals or against communities of faith – including the vandalism and threats of violence directed at Jewish and Islamic houses of worship, community centers and cemeteries – as being actions that are opposed to the desires God has for the human community, including peace marked by justice, equality, humility and grace;
      • Imploring all residents of Cranford, especially those in our own worshipping communities, to resist accepting these deplorable actions as in any way tolerable, and to work proactively to build bridges of mutual trust, understanding and mercy among all individuals and groups, respecting our diversity of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or economic status.


Yours, in faith


Pastor Tom Rice, Senior Pastor, Cranford Alliance Church and Clergy Council President
Rev. John Christian Kile, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Rabbi David Klatzker, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim
Rev. Andrew David Kruger, Priest-in-Charge, Trinity Episcopal Church
Cantor Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim
The Rev. Dr. Carol A. Lindsay, Pastor, Calvary Lutheran Church
Pastor K. J. Marks, Cranford Alliance Church
Rev. Cameron Overbey, Pastor, Cranford United Methodist Church
Rev. Msgr. Timothy J. Shugrue, Pastor, St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
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