Interfaith service promotes social action


NARRAGANSETT – Congregation Beth David hosted an interfaith Kabbalat Shabbat service on April 21 with members of the South County Clergy Association and congregants from its participating houses of worship. Those congregations and clergy attending included The Rev. A. Fred Evenson, Peace Dale Congregational Church; The Rev. Dr. Jan Gregory-Charpentier, Kingston Congregational Church; The Rev. Mitch Lindemann, Church of the Ascension, Wakefield; The Rev. Angela Sagesse, Peace Dale First Church of God; The Rev. Beth Sherman, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kingston.

The collaborative effort to perform and promote social action, in service to those who are underserved, less fortunate or marginalized in the South County community was the common theme heard during sermons by Rabbi Ethan Adler, of Congregation Beth David, and Fr. Craig Swan, of St. Peter’s By-The-Sea. A keynote address was delivered by Adam Greenman, president and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, and remarks regarding the ever-evolving relationship between CBD and St. Peter’s were offered by Bob Fricklas, chair of the CBD tikun olam committee.

Many of those in attendance remained after the service to enjoy a delicious Oneg and engage in lively conversation. “I hope this can be an on-going event” was a comment often overheard.

Submitted by Congregation Beth David

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