Earth Day Means Outreach

Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple hosted this year’s Earth Day celebrations. As in previous years, several New Brunswick houses of worship had taken part in the organization: Anshe Emeth, Peace Islands Institute, Christ Episcopal Church, Second Reformed Church and First Reformed Church. Ben Berman led the ever growing Interfaith Rainbow Choir; Cantor Anna Ott directed much of the other music, especially the youth ensemble Jew Directions. I had the privilege of preaching that day. Marlana, Nicola and Lolly offered an Aloe planting workshop at the table of our church, donated by Ellen and Bruce Hamilton.

The beauty of this day was really wonderful. Under the leadership of Mike Chodroff from Anshe Emeth, there was a plethora of tables and sessions educating us on the preciousness of food and water and what we could contribute to preserve and distribute them fairly. There were also loads of healthy foods prepared by the women of the Turkish-American peace Islands Institute. All our diversity came together in the Interfaith Worship Service. It combined our Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions in ways that become ever more meaningful to the involved. It brought together a rather sizeable congregation. I am already curious how it will be a year from now.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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