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Vigil For ‘Unity And Solidarity’ Planned For St. Matthias Church

Vigil For ‘Unity And Solidarity’ Planned For St. Matthias Church

A vigil to “reaffirm our commitment for unity and solidarity” is planned for 8 p.m. Aug. 20 at St. Matthias Church. The vigil is being planned by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council. “We are deeply saddened and concerned by emboldened hatred and violence that are taking place across our nation with the latest being on […]



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NJ Interfaith Coalition Holds Potluck Picnic In Colonial Park

NJ Interfaith Coalition Holds Potluck Picnic In Colonial Park

Members of faith-based groups from around the state gathered at Colonial Park July 16 for a get-together sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition. Among those attending the potluck picnic were members of the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, led by Alex Kharazi of the Masjid-e-Ali mosque. Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large) also stopped by. […]



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Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

The practice of fasting in religions other than Islam was explored June 17 during a Ramadan Iftar held at the township Community/Senior Center in the Municipal Complex. An Iftar is the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim’s month-long observance of Ramadan. Speakers representing Judaism and Christianity spoke about fasting in their faith traditions […]



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Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Tries New Take On Ramadan Interfaith Dinner

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Tries New Take On Ramadan Interfaith Dinner

Hundreds of people of different faiths were at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque June 11 to take part in its annual interfaith dinner. The mosque has held the dinner during Ramadan for the last six years. Ramadan is a month-long observance of Muslims, who fast during the day in an effort to purify themselves. In the past, […]



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Six Mile Run Reformed Church Dedicates New Roof

Six Mile Run Reformed Church Dedicates New Roof

Six Mile Run Reformed Church congregants dedicated the church’s new slate roof June 11 and honored those who made it happen. The $165,000 roof was largely made possible by a gift from the Suydams, a long-standing congregation family, said the Rev. Osy Nüesch, the church’s pastor. “We were very fortunate to have received that major […]



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Sri Balaji Temple Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Sri Balaji Temple Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

Members of the Sri Balaji Temple on Elizabeth Avenue June 4 held a ceremonial groundbreaking for their proposed permanent temple. The temple is in the process of securing Franklin Township approvals for the temple, said Vijayaraghavan Poondi, Sri Balaji’s president. He said that if everything goes as planned, the proposed 2,500-square-foot temple should be inaugurated […]



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‘International Peace Day’ Celebrated At Buddhist Temple

‘International Peace Day’ Celebrated At Buddhist Temple

International Peace Day was celebrated May 20 at the NJ Buddhist Vihara on Route 27. The event is an annual one, in which members of different faith traditions are invited to the temple to pray and meditate. We were live from the event for a short time: World Peace Day at NJ Buddhist Vihara Posted […]



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Cedar Grove Lane Now Also Known As Interfaith Lane

Cedar Grove Lane Now Also Known As Interfaith Lane

Cedar Grove Lane got a new, albeit honorary, name on May 4: Interfaith Lane. The action reflects the large number of houses of worship located on the roughly 3-mile road, between its intersections with Easton Avenue and Amwell Road. The honorary name was the brainchild of Alex Kharazi, president of the Franklin Township Interfaith Alliance […]



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Interfaith Council Commemorates National Day Of Prayer With Readings At Veterans Memorial

Interfaith Council Commemorates National Day Of Prayer With Readings At Veterans Memorial

Members of some of the township’s faith-based communities came together May 4 to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Organized by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, the group gathered at the Veterans Memorial on DeMott Lane, in front of the Municipal Building. Members took turns reading prayers from a variety of religions. Below is a […]



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National Day Of Prayer To Be Observed With Two Events In Township

National Day Of Prayer To Be Observed With Two Events In Township

The Franklin Township Interfaith Coalition will observe the National Day of Prayer with two events on May 4. First, at 12:30 p.m., representatives from various houses of worship in the township will gather at the township’s Veterans Memorial on DeMott Lane for their annual prayer service. Then at 7 p.m., the group will gather at […]



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