Responding to the Tragedy in Las Vegas

Canadian Unitarians are united in shock following Oct 1st’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. With the death toll continuing to climb over 50 and more than 500 injured, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their friends and family, and all those affected by this tragedy.

Some will argue this is an insufficient response – yes, we do need to continue asking  hard questions about what action is needed to stem the seemingly steady stream of such incidents, like gun control and better supports for those living with mental health challenges. We may never have all the answers, but as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s President Susan Frederick-Gray has stated, “There will be time for answers and organizing soon, even healing. But, first, let us open our hearts to the pain and the mourning in Las Vegas. Reach out in prayer and love to the distraught, the confused, and the grieving. Reach out with open hearts and loving hands to your neighbor, family and friends.
Hold on, hold each other, and hold to love.

Our hearts are understandably heavy with sorrow. To paraphrase UU composer Jason Shelton, let love break them open wide.

Practice random acts of kindness.

Act with love.

Create bridges, not walls.

Tear down injustice and hate.