On January 21, 2019, the Coalition for Peace Action and the Princeton Clergy Association co-sponsored the Annual Multifaith Service to Commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
300 people attended the service. Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and Chairperson of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Princeton, gave the sermon.
Click here to read transcript of her talk!
Diverse faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the multifaith worship service:
The Rev. Carlton Branscomb, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton
The Rev. Laura Craig, Fellowship in Prayer
The Rev. Dave Davis, Pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church and President of the Princeton Clergy Association
Steve Drake and Avis Hofstad, First Church of Christ, Scientist in Princeton
The Rev. Donald Locklear, Music Minister, First Baptist Church
The Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, Pastor of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Robert Moore, Executive Director, Coalition for Peace Action and Chair, MLK Planning Committee
The Rev. Bill Neely, Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University
The Rev. Jenny Smith Walz, Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Princeton
Cantor Jeff Warschauer, Jewish Center of Princeton
Dr. Eberhard Wunderlich, Princeton Bah’ai Community
See pictures below (by John Lien except where noted), and click here for more.
(photo by Robert Eaton)
On December 21, 2018, a delegation of experts and organizational leaders met with Rep-Elect Andy Kim to discuss North Korea, preserving and extending nuclear reduction treaties, nuclear "modernization" and spending, Yemen, and gun violence prevention.
On Tuesday, December 18, CFPA held our annual Holiday Gathering for Peace at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.
First, there was a candlelight vigil for peace in Yemen, across the street in Palmer Square's Tiger Park.
Then, we held a potluck for peace! Thanks to all who brought dishes!
Finally, we had a program that included music from David Brahinsky and Friends, and Sharleen Leahey, and a talk from Representative-Elect Tom Malinowski. 75 people were in attendance, filling the room!
See pictures below, and click here to see more on Facebook.
On December 4, 2018, Ceasefire NJ and Moms Demand Action presented a screening of the film Armor of Light, at the Showroom in Asbury Park.
The film takes a look at a conservative minister's crusade to coax his followers away from their love affair with guns, and raises profound moral and social questions.
After the film, Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, participated in a panel of faith leaders. The other panelists were Rabbi Marc Kline, Monmouth Reform Temple, and Pastor Semaj Vanzant, Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park.
The Coalition for Peace Action held its 39th Annual Multifaith Service and Conference for Peace on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The morning Multifaith Service for Peace was attended by about 800, and the afternoon Conference for Peace was attended by approximately 250.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson preached at the Multifaith Service at Princeton University Chapel, and faith leaders from a wide range of traditions co-led the Service. Rev. Jackson also spoke at the afternoon Conference for Peace at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and was featured at a Sponsor Reception afterwards.
Other speakers included Amb. Wendy Sherman, who led the negotiating team that succeeded in concluding the Iran Nuclear Agreement; Dr. Leon Sigal, a Korea expert; Bill Hartung, an expert on nuclear and military spending; and Ms. Ray Acheson, a Steering Committee member of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Many thanks to the speakers, the 47 organizational co-sponsors, the attendees, and the many volunteers who helped make this such a successful event.
Click here for the transcript of Rev. Jackson's morning sermon.
Click here to see video of Rev. Jackson's talk in the afternoon.
Click here to see video of Ambassador Wendy Sherman's talk in the afternoon.
Click here to see video of Dr. Sigal, Bill Hartung, and Ray Acheson.
See photos below (thanks to volunteer photographer John Lien), and click here to view more photos on Facebook.
The Multifaith Service for Peace at the Princeton University Chapel
Wendy Sherman addresses the crowd at the Conference for Peace
CFPA's Executive Director, the Rev. Robert Moore, moderates audience Q & A session for Ray Acheson, Dr. Leon Sigal, and Bill Hartung (left to right)
Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Conference for Peace
The Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, wth the Rev. Jesse Jackson
Sponsor Reception with Rev. Jackson (photo thanks to David Crow)
Dolores Phillips (left), Ceasefire NJ's Legislative Director, and the Rev. Robert Moore, CFPA's Executive Director, pose with NJ Governor Phil Murphy after October 29th press conference announcing next steps on gun violence prevention.