Portsmouth hosts vigil in remembrance of the Orlando shooting victims
- Author: Archie Newman Jun 17, 2016,
Jun 17, 2016, 13:12
The names of the 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub, were read as congregants lit candles in their memory.
Smith said that church needed to respond to the tragedy in some way.
"Hate will not win if we commit ourselves to tirelessly love others as God has loved us", he said. It doesn't matter if you're conservative or liberal. Will Burhans from the First Congregational Church and Mario Moreira, past president of the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, the group sang "Peace Like a River".
"You shouldn't use this tragedy to uphold your own beliefs and use it as a reason to take down ISIS or keep muslims out of our country", she said. She said she should not need to "be sorry" for being Muslim, but can still grieve as a member of the community.
Triano urged listeners to love those around them, their coworkers and neighbors, since Southington "isn't immune to this kind of thing".
"The police have been phenomenal, getting out and making sure we're safe, but at the same time, it still feels unsafe", said Grillot's wife Courtney.
Moments of silence were sprinkled between scripture readings, poems and songs.
An LGBT advocacy group and a local Unitarian Universalist church are holding a candlelight vigil and walk in Portsmouth to honor the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern USA history. She described the service as "beautiful" and was pleased that the victims were each given attention during the reading.
"When I found out about my family member, it killed me inside", said the woman as she addressed the crowd.
She was also pleased that ministers from several different churches, such as Plantsville Congregational, First Baptists, and First Lutheran, attended. No one religion should be blamed or targeted for retribution, he said. "In one way or another, we are all affected by this".