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Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend December 10 – 13



During this national vigil, places of worship across the nation will join the Newtown Foundation and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 50 national denominations and faith-based organizations, to remember those who have lost their lives to gunfire, pray for those whose lives have been forever changed because of the loss of a loved one, and to educate one another on proven strategies to reduce gun violence. Congregations can pledge participation in the Sabbath Weekend.

Bishop Ely will be taking part in an Interfaith Prayer Vigil on December 13, 2015 at 3:00PM at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington.

Save the date! Bishop Ely will be participating in the following event:


Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM.
A Gun Violence Prevention Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington.

An enthusiastic planning team has been formed consisting of members from ten individual faith communities in Chittenden County. They include, Ascension Lutheran Church, the Baha’i’ faith, three separate Episcopal churches (including All Saints, South Burlington, St. Andrew’s Colchester, and Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington), the First Baptist Church of Burlington, the Sisters of Mercy, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, the Williston Federated Church and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Others continue to be engaged as word gets out. 

The prayer vigil will coincide with the National Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence Sabbath Weekend and will serve as a moral call to people of all faiths to work together to address this prominent and deadly symptom of our country’s culture of violence.

Committees will be forming soon. You are encouraged to participate. Every gift of time and talent will serve to help open hearts and minds so that we can move forward to end suffering caused by gun violence.

For more information, please contact the Vermont Representative to the Northeast Justice Council of the Sisters of Mercy, Jean Markey-Duncan at: or call 862-3459.

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