In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, The Unitarian Church in Westport is joining the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Washington National Cathedral in a nationwide vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America.  The vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

The program will include Opening Remarks by The Unitarian Church’s interim senior minister, Roberta Finkelstein, music, candle lighting, and special guest speaker Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

According to recent statistics, there have been at least 86 school shootings, including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings, since the massacre in Newtown — nearly one school shooting per week.

The Unitarian Church in Westport is a diverse and welcoming religious community, free of creed and dogma, and open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs.