By Rev. Daniel R. Morley, North District Superintendent
Nearly one year ago, on Monday, October 2, 2017, an interfaith service was held at the Guardian Angel Cathedral. It was a moving and meaningful experience as the community gathered seeking hope, healing, and ways to respond to the mass shooting. One year later, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, an interfaith service will be held. I encourage our United Methodist presence.
As we approach 1 October, the movement of #VegasStronger is gaining momentum. Throughout Clark County, there are events and activities to remember and respond. Following my signature below are a few such gatherings.
#VegasStronger is also encouraging individuals, churches, and organizations to engage in 58 Acts of Kindness. This is a way we can be a part of creating a community of care and courage. We can and we do make a difference. As disciples, we are called to transform the world for Christ. . .
- Where there is fear, let us bring confidence and calm to troubled spirits.
- When skepticism, doubt, and apathy about our fellow human beings clouds our thinking, let us bring a hope for humanity.
- As violence overwhelms and consumes our media and messaging, let us surround it with acts of kindness which have the potential to transform our lives and communities.
Here is a Facebook page on which your acts of kindness can be posted as they grow from 58 to 580 to 5800 to 58 thousand to 58 million and beyond — https://www.facebook.com/groups/143224386294169/. Let us bring the power of the kindness of Christ to transform and lift us out of violence and hate into peace and grace.
Blessings in Christ, Dan
Local government agencies, churches, nonprofit organizations, and the resort industry unveiled an online #VegasStronger calendar of events and activities planned to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 1 October tragedy: The calendar is available on the LasVegasNewswire site at:
“The tragedy of 1 October will never be forgotten by our community and has touched all of us,” said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the LVCVA’s Board of Directors. “We organized this effort to share information with everyone about events and activities that are being held in honor of those who lost their lives or were injured, and to offer opportunities that nurture community healing, unity and resiliency.”
Sunday. Sept. 30
- 5 p.m. Interfaith Event, “Dear Love: A Ceremony of Hope, Healing, and Transformation,” Guardian Angel Cathedral, 302 Cathedral Way, Las Vegas, 89109, near the Encore Las Vegas.
Monday, Oct. I
- 6:30 am. Sunrise Remembrance — Clark County, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Clark County Fire Department and the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center will host a sunrise remembrance at the Clark County Government Center amphitheater. The Academy Singers from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts will perform in addition to a multijurisdictional honor guard. There will be speakers and a tribute that will include 58 seconds of silence. The event will be aired live on Clark County Television and at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.Facebook.com/ClarkCountyNV.
- 6:30 p.m. Las Vegas Healing Garden New Remembrance Wall Dedication —The city of Las Vegas and the Get Outdoors Nevada organization, the nonprofit partner that manages the garden, are hosting the ceremony at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, located at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd.
- 10:05 p.m. Reading of the Names Ceremony — The names of the 58 victims of the ‘1 October attack will be read at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd.
- 10:01 p.m. Resort Marquee Tribute — Marques along the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the Las Vegas Valley will go dark in honor of the victims of 1 October. The Welcome to Las Vegas sign also will go dark for the tribute.