We want to thank Pastor Brenda Lumzy-Hick of Mount Calvary Missionary Church in New Brunswick and Rabbi Abraham of Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains for hosting our grassroots leadership trainings over the weekend.
This was a powerful moment for people of different faith traditions and moral values to gather together and learn key organizing principles and ways to build more powerful coalitions to stand for human justice. So many of our families, communities and neighbors are under extreme pressure.
We are just thankful we were able to create safe spaces for leaders to be challenged and to show the importance of building authentic relationships. If we are going to win righteous fights, we have to also be serious about tackling our biases, prejudices and privileges. We have to be serious about building stronger coalitions based on self-interest. We have to be serious about growing our power and making sure love is at the center. This is how we implement a better vision for New Jersey.
Thank you to all the institutions that encouraged people to register and come to the leadership trainings. Congratulations to all 70 new alumni of our leadership institute. We have higher expectations for how they will lead, strategize and advance truthful narratives about their fellow sisters and brothers.
Institutions Represented this weekend:
First Congregational Church
Canfield Scientific, Inc.
Know Your Rights of Plainfield
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Sisters of St. Joseph
New Brunswick Islamic Center
New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Seton Hall University
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Church in Summit
Teachers College, Columbia University
Unitarian Universalist of Montclair
Mount Calvary Missionary Church
First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County
Academy for Social Action
Temple B’nai Abraham
St Luke’s Episcopal Church
Bethany Baptist Church
Reform Jewish Voice of New Jersey