Interfaith Council Holds Stamford Gun Violence Prevention Vigil

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The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut is sponsoring an interfaith vigil for gun violence prevention.
The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut is sponsoring an interfaith vigil for gun violence prevention. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut is sponsoring an interfaith vigil at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford as part of the national “Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath” weekend coordinated by Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.

The event will be Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m.

Hundreds of congregations and organizations around the nation will be marking this occasion through special services, sermons, prayers and community actions.

Confirmed speakers include U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and Caroline Simmons, a Stamford resident who will address the issue of gun violence prevention from the standpoint of her five years at the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal may also make an appearance.

Area clergy will offer brief remarks and prayers, and the vigil will conclude with an outside candlelight witness to those lost to gun violence, and those committed to making our communities safer. Area gun violence prevention groups such as the newly formed Brady Chapter of southwest Connecticut and the Enough Campaign will also be present.

The Interfaith Council, which provides spiritual leadership to solve community problems, is promoting this event "to engage public conversation and strategy on this moral and public health issue," according to a statement from the council.

Last year, the IFC garnered nearly 500 signatures from clergy around the state supporting stronger gun safety laws.

For more information, call (203) 348-2800 or check the InterFaith Council’s website.

The Unitarian Universalist Society is located at 20 Forest St. at Bedford Street in Stamford.

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