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In response to the recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, the InterFaith Works Board of Directors and Round Table of Faith Leaders organized “An Interfaith Service of Prayer, Healing and Hope for Newtown and the Nation” on Friday, December 21, at Temple Concord in Syracuse. Representatives from the Central New York faith communities, school administrators, child care professionals, law enforcement officers and the general public joined for a local interfaith response of support, faith healing and hope for the Newtown victims and families.
Among those speaking at the service were local faith leaders Rev. William C. Redfield, of Trinity Episcopal Church, Convener of the InterFaith Works Round Table of Faith Leaders; Rabbi Daniel Fellman, of Temple Concord, and Vice-Convener of the InterFaith Works Round Table of Faith Leaders; Rev. Kevin Agee, Hopps Memorial CME Church; Yusef Abdul-Qadir, Islamic Society of CNY; and Beth A. Broadway, InterFaith Works Executive Director. Many thanks to Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City School District Superintendent, and Joe Cecile, Deputy Chief of the Syracuse Police Department, for their support. Special thanks to Temple Concord, Executive Director Jonathan Adler and the staff for their accommodation of the event on short notice.
Follow this link to The Post-Standard /Syracuse.com news story (click here)
Follow this link to Rev. William C. Redfield’s service remarks (click here)
Follow this link to Beth A. Broadway’s service call to action (click here)
Follow this link to view community reaction, comments and testimonials (click here)
Follow this direct link to the video on Temple Concord’s YouTube page (click here)
Round Table of Faith Leaders statement:
We, the Round Table of Faith Leaders of Central New York and the Board of Directors of InterFaith Works add our voices of anguish and compassion to the people of Newtown, Connecticut and our grieving nation.
While we weep for the losses endured in this tragedy, we also recognize our obligation to act so that more parents will not have to mourn the loss of our precious future. We are committed to ensuring a brighter future for us all; and our hope is that, as difficult and troubling as this incident has been on this entire nation, it brings us to a tipping point that will lead to truly meaningful conversations about the delivery of mental health services and the accessibility to assault weapons. We are committed to initiating these conversations locally, and we hope that our shared endeavor will bring about a world filled with more awareness, compassion, concern, and peace.
We begin this process by gathering our own community and by marking the gravity of this situation at an Interfaith Service of Prayer, Healing, and Hope for Newtown and for the Nation. At this time we will remember the victims of this tragedy through prayer and silence, and we will pray that we all might work to make our communities safer and more human
Many thanks to Peggy Liuzi, Executive Director at Child Care Solutions (http://www.childcaresolutionscny.org/) for her assistance and guidance in providing the resources related to the InterFaith Works call to service efforts and program.
In the wake of the tragic shooting in Connecticut, many people will be communicating and working with children and families who will have questions, concerns, and fears needed to be dealt with. It is important to deal with these issues forthrightly and appropriately. Child Care Solutions has surveyed members of their Exchange community, and have recommended these resources:
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- An Exchange article by Diane Levin: “When the World is a Dangerous Place — Helping Children Deal with Violence in the News.”
- Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists, “A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope.”
- A resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events.”
- Fred Rogers’ advice from Family Communications, “Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News.”
- Advice from the American Psychological Association, “Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting.”
NASP Resources: Helping Children Cope (click here)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Talking to Children About the Shooting (click here)