On Sunday, Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host A Vigil to End Anti-Muslim Bigotry and Stand in Solidarity with the People of New Zealand, in response to the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
As Redeemer has done in the wake of so many mass shootings in recent years, it’s inviting people of all faiths “to pray together as a community and to grieve,” said Rector Cynthia Black.
This tragedy hit especially close to home for the minister. Her brother is traveling in New Zealand, and she and her partner Becky have family in Christchurch.
“They live just over one mile from the mosque where the majority of the killings took place, Al Noor,” Black said.
To their relief, they learned their loved ones were out of town at the time of the attacks and are safe. These same family members also were fortunate to escape death during a 2011 earthquake–they were away, while their home was destroyed, Black said.
The March 17, 2019, vigil is scheduled for 1 pm on the Redeemer lawn if weather allows, otherwise indoors. The church is at 36 South St.