Prayer Vigil for the Victims of the Pulse (Orlando, FL) Night Club Massacre
6pm Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street, Providence
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
PRESS RELEASE (June 13, 2016)
RELIGIOUS COALITION FOR A VIOLENCE FREE RHODE ISLAND
Our nation is reeling in the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, this time our nation’s deadliest. In response to this heinous event that ended at least fifty lives, left many more wounded, and broke hearts worldwide, we, the religious leaders of Rhode Island, call on our communities to pray for healing and wholeness amidst our brokenness. Empowered by our relationship to the Divine, we endeavor to stand up and speak out against all acts of violence.
As people of faith, we voice our loving support for the people of Orlando, the LGBTQ community and our Muslim neighbors. The terror that ensued has affected us all and we will not rest until we assure that such terror will not happen again.
We are inherently concerned about the increasing violence in our society and we commit to bringing it to an end. Working in solidarity we will move our nation from darkness to light. Together we will bring our communities from despair to hope. We will not give in to fear!
In the face of such hatred and anger, we are called to elevate love. We are called to pursue justice, and we are called to bring about an enduring peace for all people in all places, regardless of faith tradition, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Donald C. Anderson, Executive Minister
Rhode Island State Council of Churches
Rev. Gene Dyszlewski
Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island