An interfaith prayer vigil will be held on September 5, 2017 at noon on the steps of the New Jersey State House, located at 125 W. State Street in Trenton. The vigil is organized by the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and will be led by faith leaders from throughout New Jersey. All are welcome to attend.
“No one should be surprised by what happened in Charlottesville. In our current political climate, so-called white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-Nazism and the overt racism of the Ku Klux Klan have been empowered and emboldened to spew hatred publicly and without shame,” said the Right Reverend William H. Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey, in a pastoral letter on August 14. “It needs to be stated without equivocation that these ideologies cannot be reconciled with the teachings of Jesus or the Christian faith. Those who claim Christian identity while holding these types of views can only be viewed as heretics and in error.”
The interfaith prayer vigil will include Christian community members and clergy from Trenton and the surrounding towns. Muslim and Jewish clergy and faculty have also been invited to speak and pray.
“Racism is the great sin of our age,” said Deacons Ted Foley and Ted Moore, chairs of the Anti-Racism Commission, in a joint statement. “We seek to bring our community together in prayerful reflection against bigotry, and to stand as one in love. The hate and aggression that saturate our nation cannot be allowed to continue.”
The vigil will last approximately 90 minutes. On-street parking is available; additional parking is available at several nearby garages.