Vigils for Orlando shooting victims

June 15, 2016

Vigil Sunday, June 19, in Brooksville, ME
The Brooksville United Methodist Church will join with the Reversing Falls Sanctuary, a community mission of the Brooksville church, in a vigil for Orlando at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Reversing Falls Sanctuary, 818 Bagaduce Road in North Brooksville, ME. The vigil will include candle lighting, silence, and opportunity to walk the labyrinth in the sanctuary. Info at (207)469-7850 or
Submitted by Rev. Gary Vencill

Vigil June 16 in Willimantic, CT
First UMC in Mansfield Center, CT is participating in a community, interfaith vigil at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Jillson Square in Willimantic, CT. The vigil is organized by clergy of the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry. Our diverse local community comes together to mourn and honor the dead to be in solidarity with surviving victims and loved ones, the LGBTQ and Orlando communities who have been most directly attacked and our greater American community with our friends around the world; and to affirm our hope and commitment to the triumph of love over hatred, fear, and violence.
Submitted by the Rev. Heather R. Bailes Baker, pastor First UMC in Mansfield Center, CT 

Hundreds attend Pittsfield, MA vigil on June 14
We participated in a vigil attended by hundreds of folks on the Park Square yesterday.  While we did not take speaking parts, our members were present with banners, prayer and supporting voices, along with Jews, Christians, Muslims, and non-religious, gay and straight, old and young.
Submitted by the Rev. Ralph W. Howe, pastor, First UMC in Pittsfield
See a story from The Berkshire Eagle
Harwich Clergy Assoc. hosted vigil June 13
The Harwich Clergy Association, which I happen to convene, sponsored a well-attended vigil on Monday evening, June 13 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport.  Prayers, sharing, silence, and song in the sanctuary were followed by the people exiting through the front doors for candle-lighting as well as song and prayer.  It was a very moving gathering, appreciated by all who attended.
Early in the vigil we were bid to turn to those around us to say "We're so sorry" in response to all the gun violence that plagues our nation.  
Submitted by the Rev. Ed Farrell-Starbuck, pastor of Harwich UMC

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