FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, DANBURY, THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF DANBURY, THE ASSOCIATION OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES (ARC) & LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, HOST AN INTERFAITH VIGIL FOR ORLANDO
TUESDAY JUNE 21 7PM
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 164 DEER HILL AVENUE, DANBURY.
(DANBURY, CT – June 17, 2016) –FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF DANBURY AND THE ASSOCIATION OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES, INVITE YOU TO AN INTERFAITH VIGIL ON TUESDAY JUNE 21, AT 7PM to honor those massacred in the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and to build positive bridges in our community.
The Interfaith Vigil seeks to support the LGBTQ community targeted by the attack at the PULSE nightclub, in Orlando, Florida, to honor the individuals killed, to reaffirm support for our Muslim community and decry hate and violence.
The vigil brings together local elected officials including Mayor MARK D. BOUGHTON OF DANBURY and representatives of REP. ELIZABETH H. ESTY, PRES. OF THE BOARD OF ARC, JOSEPH WALKOVICH and other faith leaders from the ASSOCIATION of RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES, and statements from those in the Christian tradition, the Muslim community, local Jewish congregation, Buddhist tradition and the humanist path. Serving the needs of the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County will be leaders from the TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER. The vigil will feature readings of the names and a tolling of the bells for those who were killed at Pulse Nightclub, remarks from local officials and leaders in the LGBTQ community, time for meditation/prayer and musical selections.
We acknowledge that June 17th is the sorrowful anniversary of the mass shooting that took place a year ago today, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. We have faith and hope that Tuesday’s Vigil can be a time to come together to repudiate hate and violence in all its forms. We have all seen, “too much of hate” as Dr. King said.
We hope you can be part of this vigil to respond to the mass shooting in Orlando, to support the LGBTQ community, to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters, to mourn the loss of life, repudiate hate, and affirm the worth and dignity of all persons.
164 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810
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