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Norwalk Stages Interfaith Vigil For Orlando Victims

The Triangle Community Center, along with state and local officials, will hold a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Thursday at City Hall.
The Triangle Community Center, along with state and local officials, will hold a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on Thursday at City Hall. Photo Credit: Triangle Community Center/Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- As survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., try to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy and the onslaught of media, Triangle Community Center will hold an interfaith vigil honoring the 49 lives lost in the shooting on Thursday at Norwalk City Hall.

The vigil, which begins at 7 p.m., will bring together local elected officials, including Mayor Harry Rilling and state Sen. Bob Duff, faith leaders from the Unitarian Universalist Society, the Sikh faith, the secular movement, Christian traditions, the Muslim community and local Jewish congregations.

Events will include readings of the names of those who were killed at Pulse nightclub, remarks from local officials and leaders in the LGBTQ community, musical selections by local organizations and, for Muslims in attendance, a breaking of the day’s Ramadan fast.

In addition, the event will feature prayer services led by local faith leaders, including the Revs. Kate Heichler, Daniel Schlorff and Frances Sink, Azra Asaduddin, Inni Kaur Dhingra and others. Each of these people represents different faiths and schools of thought.

Representing the local LGBTQ community is Anthony Crisci, executive director of Triangle Community Center, Fairfield County’s LGBTQ community center.

The vigil will also focus on the experience of LGBTQ people of color with voices from the Latino community. Other features include a reading of names of the 49 individuals killed in Orlando and musical offerings provided by the New World Chorus and the Sacred Heart University Brass Ensemble.

Partner organizations assisting with organizing Thursday’s vigil include the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, Temple Sinai, Christ the Healer in Stamford, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Westport, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Stamford, First Church UCC in Fairfield, Wilton Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s on the Green, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, Temple Beth El, and Norwalk Gurudwara, the city of Norwalk, the city of Stamford, the office of U.S. Rep. James A. Himes, Sen. Bob Duff, the Fairfield-Westchester Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, and Triangle Community Center.

For more information on Triangle Community Center, visit www.CTPridecenter.org .

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