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Westport Clergy Offer Words on Newtown Tragedy

The following words about the Newtown school shootings were posted by members of the Westport clergy on their individual websites:
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Saugatuck Congregational Church:

Dear Friends and Members of Saugatuck Church:

Our hearts are broken today. There’s no sense, no logic, to violence. It yanks the rug out from underneath our feet. It leaves us disoriented and breathless. We look for our loved ones. We hug our children tighter.

We weep. In the midst of today’s pain and confusion, I’ve been holding on to the promise, so vivid during this Advent season, that God shows up right in the middle of the dark and despair.

Born in a barn, then carried to Egypt with his parents to escape another slaughter of innocents, God-in-Christ has been to the painful, ugly places.

So today, I know: God’s heart is breaking, too. God is weeping — for the children, for teachers and first responders, for the shooter. God weeps with us, abides with us, holds together all the broken pieces.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Athletic Shoe Factory, 1560 Post Road East – Westport Police toy drive
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Gilberties (7 Sylvan Lane) – Westport Winter Farmers Market
Noon –  4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Muse” and “Penpals and Dreams”
Noon – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “U.S. Postage Stamps by Westport Artists” & “The Road to 06880: Colonial Era to Present”
2 p.m. – Westport Public Library – Tracy Sugarman on “Nobody Said Amen”
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples High School 72nd Annual Candlelight Concert
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – MTC Mainstage Studio Theatre (246 Post Road East) – “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play”
2:30 p.m. – Earthplace – Critter Encounters

Annual Candlelight Concert: Tonight Was Different

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Senior Michael Sixsmith singing “Sing We Noel” with the choir tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com

By Lynn U. Miller

There was a noticeable somber mood tonight in Westport’s Staples High School auditorium at the start of the 72nd annual Candlelight Concert.

The audience members talked among themselves as they gathered in their seats before the concert. Friends greeted each other as they always do at Candlelight.

But tonight was different.

People spoke of today’s tragic events in Newtown, sadly shaking their heads and holding their friends and family members a bit closer.

Malloy: ‘Evil Visited This Community Today’

Gov. Dannel Malloy, speaking tonight at Newown’s Treadwell Park near the Sandy Hook Elementary School where an early morning shooting left 28 dead, said that despite the evil that struck the community, “We will get through this.”

Malloy had been in Newtown since shortly after suspected shooter Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire, killing 20 kindergartners and six staff members before turning the gun on himself.

Lanza is also suspected in the shooting death of his mother Nancy Lanza, a kindergarten teacher at the school. There were reports she was found at her home in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, but police did not immediately confirm this.

“Evil visited this community today,” said Malloy, who likened his reaction to the news to the way he felt on 9/11 when he was mayor of Stamford, losing friends in the attack.