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Creating a Place for Peace: A Community Event of Hope and Healing

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Creating a Place for Peace


A community event of healing and hope for all ages                                                               
The shooting in Sandy Hook on December 14 affected people throughout our state and nation, but it had a profound, and perhaps unrecognized, impact on Newtown's neighbors.  Like the people of Newtown, many of us know someone who was personally affected.  Like them we felt the shock and grief over and over again as we saw the memorials lining Routes 6 and 84. And like them, we are faced with the challenges of keeping one another safe and while retaining our character as a warm and welcoming community.

“Creating a Place for Peace”, a community gathering of healing and hope for all ages, was created to bring the people of Bethel together as we begin to face these challenges. The event will feature a variety of crafts and activities for children, youth, families and adults. 


In addition to the workshops, there will be an opportunity to hear community leaders share their thoughts about creating a peaceable community. 


The Best Western Plus Danbury/Bethel, 11 Stony Hill Road in Bethel has generously offered their space for event which will be held on February 21.  The gathering begins with workshops at 6:30 pm.


The Bethel Chamber of Commerce has joined The First Congregational Church of Bethel in co-sponsoring this event.   Area organizations and businesses will assist in leading workshops.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker and other community leaders will participate in the panel discussion. 


The gathering was first proposed by The Rev. Laura Westby, interim pastor of The First Congregational Church of Bethel.  “This is not a religious event; we want people of all traditions as well as those unaffiliated with a faith community to participate.  I see this event as one way that FCCB is re-claiming and re-defining its heritage as a community that creates a space for the community to come together for the common good.  In Colonial times, the Congregational church was often the largest building in town.  As such, it was often used for town meetings and other gatherings.  This is why many Congregational churches call their worship space the meetinghouse.” 


Come and find healing and hope for yourself and your family.  Join your neighbors and fellow Bethel citizens in creating a more peaceable community. Hear what community leaders have to say, then get involved.   See you on February 21 at 6:30pm at the Best Western Plus Danbury/Bethel, 11 Stony Hill Road in Bethel. 

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