Vigil to commemorate Sandy Hook


To the Editor:

Five years ago on Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were shot to death by a man who had previously shot and killed his mother, and who subsequently shot and killed himself. In commemoration of the lives lost in that nightmare and of the more than 500,000 lives lost to gun violence in this country since, clergy from all over the country will hold a vigil in front of the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Va., at 10 am on Dec. 14, 2017. Clergy on Martha’s Vineyard will hold our own vigil at 10 am on Thursday, Dec. 14. We will first join together at 9:15 am at Owen Park as the multifaith fellowship we are. At 9:30 am, the time that the shooting began, we will march silently to Five Corners, where we will offer prayers and read out the names of the children and adults who died in 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Members of the clergy will lead us in prayer for an end to the unnecessary loss of life that gun violence has caused and continues to cause in this country, and for a just and moral resolution to the dilemma our country faces between personal freedom and public safety. We invite the public to bear witness in silence to our vigil.


The Rev. Woody Bowman

The Rev. Cathlin Baker

Rabbi Caryn Broitman

The Rev. Bill Clark

The Rev. Mary Beth Daniels

The Rev. Susan Eibner

Jill De La Hunt

The Rev. Sharon Eckhardt

The Rev. Armen Hanjian

The Rev. Vicky Hanjian

The Rev. Cynthia Hubbard

The Rev. Michael Nagle

Bruce Nevin

Sarah Nevin

Janet Newton

The Rev. Chip Seadale

Rabbi Lori Shaller

The Rev. Susan Waldrop

The Rev. Roberta Williams