As the pastor of Community Spirit United Church of Christ in Montrose and as a representative of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, both of which are committed to human rights and equality for all people, I want to publicly thank Rev. Cathy Hamrick (Presbyterian Church of Delta), Pastor Carol Rhan (First Methodist Church) and Rev. Tom Seibert (St. Luke Episcopal) for hosting a candlelight vigil at Presbyterian Church of Delta on Tuesday night following the hard and horrible news of the recent mass shooting at a gay dance club in Orlando.
People of faith and good conscience need opportunities like this in times of tragedy and terror -- to gather, to grieve and lament the death of innocents, stand in solidarity with those affected, ground ourselves in love-filled hope, and resolve to do whatever we can however we can to assure that hate does not get the last word. While we gathered Tuesday night to seek solace following unthinkable violence, I hope and pray that those members of our area who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered who are feeling especially vulnerable following Sunday's shootings know that they have brothers and sisters of all faiths and no faith ready to stand with them and faithfully work toward the day when every place is a safe place to be out and proud.
Rev. Karen Winkel