The United in Spirit-A Concert for Orlando, planned for July 13, was born because of hatred that targeted a specific group. Community sponsors and artists pledged support in solidarity with victims — those killed and those targeted — hoping to build a bridge within our community and create a time of encounter in order to foster respect for all people created in God’s image.
We cannot stand with Orlando, though, unless we stand with Dallas and with every person and every place where hatred and disregard for the dignity and value of the human person exists, killing the body or the spirit.
We will come together tonight at 7 p.m., at Historic Saint Paul Catholic Church, 245 West Short St., to remember all victims of hatred and violence. We will pledge our energies to uphold the life and dignity of every human being, united in our quest to end violence, racism, prejudice and fear, pledging ourselves anew to walking with one another as sisters and brothers, building a “culture of encounter.”