Vigil Against Intolerance Draws More than 100 People

Photo by: Roger Wickenden

Members and friends of the Congregational Church of Camden held a Vigil Against Intolerance on the evening of Sunday, June 26th at the Camden Amphitheater. Over 115 people attended the event. Some fifty participants walked from the church, along Main Street, carrying signs and banners urging an end to intolerance in our society. The group received support of onlookers and passing vehicles as they made their way to the amphitheater.

Rev. Deb Jenks, who led the vigil, read a statement from the organizers:

“As we seek to understand the events of the last week in Orlando Florida –the most deadly shooting in American history-- many of us in this community have come to realize the importance of coming together in love, with hope and determination to change the course of events in our society.

In the silence of the aftermath of this tragedy, we commit ourselves to seeking to change the conversation from one that blocks and excludes out of fear and misunderstanding to one that opens and includes compassion and understanding.  America has made changes in the past through the power of the people. We believe it is time to do so again. The components of justice and fairness have never changed.”

Amidst moments of silence and reflections several speakers arose to speak against the culture of intolerance and in support of the men and women killed in Orlando and elsewhere over the past several years. One couple was visiting from Orlando and thanked the gathered for their support and compassion.

Bruce Cole ended the vigil by playing Silencio on trumpet.

Participants hope to hold more gatherings in support of increasing community dialogue and action. Watch for details.

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