After Violence, Prayer

Omar Thornton/ContributedLeaders of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ invite people of faith throughout the state to join in prayer for those killed and wounded in a workplace shooting in Manchester on Tuesday.

“We do not yet understand what happened there,” said the Rev. Eric S. Anderson, “but we know this: God cares, God strengthens, and God comforts. We ask God’s care for the grieving and the injured today.”

Anderson, the Minister for Communications and Technology, watched with sorrow as local media outlets announced the rising death toll through the day, as public officials confirmed and released the information. “This is just tragic and sad,” said the Rev. Ineke K. Mitchell, North Central Regional Minister, whose region includes Manchester. “What a sad loss of life. I’m sure it isn’t what God had in mind.”

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