The Association of Religious Communities and an interfaith group of area congregations is taking part in a national Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday. ARC is co-hosting one of hundreds of concerts held across the United States. In 2007, Congress designated September 25 as the National day of remembrance for murder victims.
Rev. Phyllis Leopold, the Executive Director of ARC, co-chaired the concert at the Central Christian Church on West Street from 2pm-3pm. Some of the congregations participating in the concert include B’Nai Israel, the Islamic Center of Western Connecticut, New Hope Baptist Church and the United Universalists Congregations of Danbury.
Leopold says the interfaith community is standing together to bring awareness to the need to end gun violence. She says ending violence is a core principle of all major religions and notes that advances will come as faith communities unite in solidarity and service. Organizers say it's a tribute that interfaith congregations are gathering to turn up the music and drown out the rhetoric that has sidetracked common sense gun safety legislation.
They peacefully gather and raise voices in song in hopes of bringing an end to the growing epidemic.