I am sure that you all, together with me, are devastated by the senseless act of violence carried out against the LBGT community in Orlando. In a community effort to stand in solidarity and in support of those victimized, a vigil will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston behind City Hall. “Imagine,” John Lennon’s iconic anthem to world peace and unity will be sung at 9 p.m. by all who gather. Please join with us tonight for this vigil in support of the victims of Orlando. Participants are asked to bring candles in a suitable container to catch the wax.
This Friday at 12 noon, the weekly Litany of Reconciliation will be offered on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston. This week’s litany will center on the tragedy in Orlando and members of all faith communities as well as our own clergy are invited to join in prayer with us when we gather. A book of condolence will be made available to sign at the Cathedral for those joining with us on Friday.
Parishes are encouraged to download this condolence page and invite their members to sign it. It will be added to the interfaith book of condolence that will be sent to the mayor of Orlando. Once your parishioners have had the opportunity to sign in memory of the victims, please mail the page(s) to: Mark Hauser, Communications Officer, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, 90 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 1X7.
Common to all of the great traditions of faith are the words of what Christians know as the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". The actions of those intent on violence will never dissuade us from living this rule as we walk in the light of hope, seek justice, yearn for peace and work for reconciliation.
Yours In The Hope Born of Faith,
OFFICES OF THE INCORPORATED SYNOD OF THE
DIOCESE OF ONTARIO:
90 Johnson Street | Kingston, ON K7L 1X7