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Concord-area congregations to gather Sunday in response to Connecticut school shooting

People of all faiths and those without a spiritual home are invited tomorrow to a non-denominational “service of hope and remembrance” in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The event, organized by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on South Main Street.

“We think it is so important for people to have somewhere to gather,” said council member the Rev. Kate Atkinson, rector at St. Paul’s Church. “We’re all grieving. We’re all affected by this, but being this far removed from the people of Newtown, we just don’t know what to do with our grief. Gathering and sharing our emotions is helpful.”

The event will feature a reading of the names of the victims, speeches by Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan and the Right Rev. Robert Hirschfeld, bishop co-adjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, and remarks and prayers from council members.

Attendees are invited to bring gifts of new toys and warm clothing that the council will distribute through local organizations that work with families and children. Cash donations to Riverbend Community Mental Health are also welcome.

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