Letter to the editor: Parsippany Houses of Worship gathered at Town Hall

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parsippany focusDear Editor:

On Thursday, March 15, the leadership of the majority of Parsippany’s Houses of Worship gathered at Town Hall. The purpose was to meet the Mayor, members of his staff and Police Department, and to discuss ideas, issues and concerns about the town in which we live and serve.  There was a lot of positive energy in the room, we learned much about each other, and plan to meet on a regular basis.

Most importantly, we were able to affirm that the diversity each of these leaders represented in terms of faith, nationality, race, and gender is one of Parsippany’s most important assets.  As clergy, we look very much like what the rest of Parsippany looks like: some of us have well established roots here, some are recent immigrants, some of us are on assignment, just passing through.  We come from all over the world, speak different languages, and cherish different cultural traditions. Our families are traditional, blended, bi-racial, multigenerational.  They attend local schools, work in the area, play sports and enjoy all that this community has to offer.  Regardless of our faith perspective, clearly we all want what is best for Parsippany.

This is why, we as Clergy, have pledged to actively work together to help keep our town a safe and welcoming community for all.  And we have agreed to be public about our intentions to promote diversity, inclusivity, and hospitality as part of our service to the community.

I am grateful to Mayor Soriano and to my fellow Clergy and other Leaders who attended this meeting. I look forward to working with all of you in the future.

Sincerely,
The Rev. Susan S. Sica
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Parsippany

 

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