Vigil in Suffield

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Photo by Todd Bailey

Rev. Tom Carr of the Second Baptist Church speaks to the crowd that gathered on the Suffield Green June 8 for a prayer vigil; Rev Diann Bailey of Suffield’s First Congregational Church waits her turn.

On Monday evening, June 8, the Greater Suffield Interfaith Council (GSIC) gathered on the Suffield Green for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil. Recognizing that our country is desperately in need of prayer at this time, the leaders of GSIC organized a peaceful gathering in response to our country’s desperate need for prayer at this time. Prayers of lament were offered for those affected by COVID-19 and for people of color and the need for systematic changes in our laws and our culture. Prayers were also offered for our leaders, praying they will stand up with courage and integrity to face the divisions within our country. In addition to prayers, words of reflection and a song of healing were offered, with the hope of providing encouragement, strength and guidance for the days to come. Nine clergy and lay leaders, representing the Christian and Jewish faiths, participated in this vigil. More than 125 people were in attendance, all wearing masks and social distanced. The current membership of GSIC represents six different faiths. Anyone is welcome to join. For more information, please contact The Rev. Diann H. Bailey at 860-668-7223 or

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