Press Release for Vigil

LET THERE BE PEACE

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

 SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2017.

6 – 9 PM

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH, SHELBURNE 

Short Contemplative Services at the top of Each Hour

6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm 

In response to the recent violence in Quebec City

and the increase in xenophobia throughout the world

HOSTED BY THE SHELBURNE/PRIMROSE PASTORAL CHARGE

  

            The landscape across Europe is littered with refugee camps, terror living not only within those fleeing their homeland, but those who, even in welcome, are increasingly alarmed at the sheer numbers of people needing places to settle. South of our border, the politics is increasingly polemic. Racial issues turning violent are fodder for the daily news. And then this last week, in Quebec City, a place that most Canadians associate with historic beauty and a possible honeymoon destination, savagery erupts unexpectedly as a young man opens fire on people kneeling to pray. We grieve the loss of life for the innocent Muslims at worship. But sorrow must also be the response we hold for the student who found himself separated from his own tenderness, drawn into an act of irrevocable cruelty.   http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebec-mosque-shooting-suspect-to-appear-in-court-monday-afternoon

            It is so easy to point the finger elsewhere, wring our hands, shake our heads, and feel perplexed. But when we do, we only remain part of the problem without offering solutions.

            The way forward to a new understanding of humanity as intimately entwined, both with one another and with the natural world, is complex. It requires a rewiring of long held assumptions. It will not be easy. But we must make our way forward never the less.

            So. Here in Dufferin County, right here in our home territory, we begin. And we begin with a simple act of solidarity.

            We stand with our Muslim neighbours to let them know they are valued, loved, and an important thread in the grand tapestry of life.

            We stand with all people, regardless of religious tradition, gender orientation, colour of skin, or creedal choices, who choose justice, kindness, and warm embrace as the way forward.

            We stand ready to open our eyes to the realities around us that allow hateful discourse to continue, young people to feel alienated, and communities to be shattered.

           

There is no enemy but fear.

There is no antidote but compassion.

This Sunday evening come to acknowledge that there is another way.

Pray if that is your inclination.

Sit in thought if that is your preference.

Sing if you choose to do so.

Light a candle in remembrance.  

Light a candle as an act of dedication to a new path.

Feel connected.

Consider how you might be more attentive to others.

 

And yes. I know its Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Let There Be Peace on Earth.

And let it begin with me.

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LET THERE BE PEACE

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2017.

6 – 9 PM 

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH, SHELBURNE 

HOSTED BY THE SHELBURNE/PRIMROSE PASTORAL CHARGE.

For Further information contact Rev. Candice Bist

Church: 519 925 2233 : Home: 519 925 6466 : candicebist@gmail.com

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