Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Day of Prayer Religious Leaders Interviewed on Radio Show

Top Quote Father Martin and Cantor Axelrod interviewed on radio show about interfaith cooperation and keeping peace. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 08, 2016 - Elizabeth, NJ - Continuing the Discussion About Interfaith and Peace.

    Amid war and tensions across the globe, public shootings at home, and violent crime locally, Community Access Unlimited (CAU) recently hosted the second annual Union County Day of Prayer. Father Jack Martin and Cantor Matt Axelrod, who participated in the event, were interviewed on WSOU-FM's "Kinship of Catholics and Jews", where they further discussed the activities and goals of the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council.

    Father Martin described the Community Access Unlimited interfaith prayer service as a wonderful experience which represented all of the great world religions, including Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. "It was well received and well attended. It was really a powerful experience," said Father Martin, "It was a privilege to be a part of this along with leaders of other faiths."

    Cantor Axelrod portrayed the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, sponsored by CAU, as unique and effective because it includes not only faith communities and houses of worship, but also various civic organizations in the community. "It is not just a religious organization," said Cantor Axelrod, "It helps and reaches everybody in the community." With the aid of representatives from groups such as the YMCA, local schools and first responders, the organization is able to reach the community more easily.

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    Cantor Matthew Axelrod has served the Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains for 25 years. He has also served on the United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education and is a member and past president of the Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly in New Jersey.

    Father Jack Martin, Priest Emeritus, is a resident of Caldwell. He formerly served at St. Mary's Church in Elizabeth and is well-known for his service to people in desperate situations, such as those who dealt with the natural disaster in Haiti a few years ago.

    The Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council is an organization of interfaith congregations and community-based nonprofits with the mission to facilitate regular interfaith meetings in order to make way for the building of bonds between a community of different faiths and to respect the inclusion and encourage welcoming of others regardless of faith, race or disability and to be proactive on social issues. The council's objectives are to sponsor regular engagement opportunities that facilitate the building of bonds within the Union County interfaith community and their congregations; strengthen the Union County religious congregations through involvement, action and education in self-help; and build working relationships between Union County religious organizations and Community Access Unlimited that create opportunities for youth and people with disabilities and their support staff.

    Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 37th year of success in 2015, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society. CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities. CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights. CAU serves more than 5,000 individuals each year.

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