A citywide prayer event was held in Orlando, FL after a shooter targeted a gay nightclub early Sunday morning, killing 49 people and wounding over 50 others.
CNN released a list of names of the victims yesterday (June 14). At the prayer event, each victim’s name was read from a pulpit and a bell was rung after each name.
SRNNews.com reports that Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked local clergy for bringing the community together at this great time of need.
Other leaders at the event included Pastor Joel Hunter and Victoria Kirby York of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
York said that she appreciated the churches coming together for the event because many LGBTQ people have not experienced love and care from churches.
“Far too many have never witnessed a sight like this: a church where they can come, be prayed over and not be forced to change who they are or who they love.”
Many other Christian leaders have responded to the shooting on social media, exhorting Christians to show love to their gay and Muslim neighbors.
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Publication date: June 15, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.