A gathering to decry hate-motivated acts of violence, to remember those who have been targeted by hate violence, and to affirm our commitment to building a community and a society in which diversity is a source of strength.
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The other day a church in our community that ministers to gays and lesbians, among others, received a vile threat of arson and worse on its web page guest book. Word began to spread by e-mail at the start of the weekend.
The next Sunday morning, in the small, elegant, chapel -- space provided by a more mainstream congregation, members of more than a half a dozen other churches and synagogues joined with the members of the threatened congregation in solidarity.
In the golden glow of the stained glass windows one after another visitor rose to convey messages of love and prayer. As the service drew to a close, large numbers of members of the host congregation and another congregation a mile away filed into the room, to the melody of organ music and a joyful hymn. Every inch along the walls and in the aisles was filled with worshipers praying with and over the threatened members. It was another powerful statement of community. One at a time representatives of the visiting congregations rose to express greetings of love and prayer.
Procession and Vigil
November 21, 1999
460 Lake St.
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A large number of community organizations and individuals worked together to support this event. Among those indicating their support were representatives of First United Church; the Community of Congregations; Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA); the Oak Park NAACP; Ascension Catholic Church; West Suburban Temple; Metro-West Suburban Peace Coalition; the Oak Park Village Community Relations Commission; Tri-Village PADS; Oak Park Club, Communist Party USA; Oak Park Friends of the People's Weekly World; the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Baha'i Community; Fellowship Christian Church; Village of Oak Park and U. S. Congressman Danny Davis.Top of Page