PHOTOS: The Unitarian Church of Sharon Starts a Month Long Vigil

The Unitarian Church of Sharon vigil is for families affected by the Newtown shooting and to end violence in America.


The Unitarian Church of Sharon held a vigil on Thursday night to honor families affected by .

Reverend Jim Robinson of the Unitarian Church is hoping to mark this as the beginning of a month-long vigil against violence.

There were sharings from Reverend Steve Alspach from the First Congregational Church and Karin Firoza of the Interfaith Religious Leaders Group of Sharon and aslo Youth LEAD Sharon.

Reverend Alspach asked people in the congregation to join together with the person sitting next to them, to share their thoughts and sorrows of the Newtown tragedy.

This was followed by a time of quiet reflection and then a time of open sharing where members of the congregation came up and shared their thoughts and feelings.

Downstairs the room was set up as an interactive place where people posted on a 'speak out wall' about violence in America and how to stop it. These comments will be compiled and shared with local media and Sharon religious communities.

They were also encouraged to write a sympathy card which will be sent to the Suprintendent of the Newtown Schools and to sign a petition urging a ban on assault weapons.

Community poured in on the hour as the vigil continued from 4-8 p.m.

As each person rose from the sanctuary they placed a stone upon the table on the alter. This is in memory of the children and adults who lost their lives in Newtown.

Reverend Jim Robinson, Rabbi Barry Starr, Reverend Steve Alspach, Reverend Sandra Dorsainvil, Father Scott Euvard, Rabbi Randy Kafka and Rabbi Meir Sendor all joined together.


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