Walpoleans and anyone in the area are welcome to two gatherings today, June 14, to show solidarity and love in the face of hate:
1st Congregational Church of Walpole will open its doors at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, and Rev. Craig Breismeister will be there for prayer and reflection. At that same hour, hundreds of United Church of Christ churches and pastors around the country will also be opening their doors for similar gatherings.
#HumanityNotHate To Hold A Candlelight Vigil for Orlando on Tuesday, June 14, at 7pm on The Common
#HumanityNot Hate has organized an informal candlelight vigil in order to honor those lost and injured in the nightclub shooting, show solidarity with the city of Orlando and take a stand against hate. All are invited to join for a brief moment of silence, naming of the victims and lighting of candles. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. near the flagpole on the Common.
#HumanityNotHate seeks to bring Walpole area citizens together through our public spaces to affirm the importance of religious freedom, respect for diversity and civility in the face of a national discourse that has become increasingly hostile, divisive and fear-mongering. The happening occurred as a result of a few concerned Walpole citizens who started talking amongst themselves about how to bring a positive voice and attitude out into our public sphere, particularly to counter messages of Islamophobia. More details of future events will be announced as the clergy and Walpole citizens involved in the planning arrange them. If you have any questions or would like to take part in #HumanityNotHate, please contact any one of the churches.