Fresno faith community responds to Orlando attack
The St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, will hold a special Mass 6 p.m. Monday to pray for victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people. A collection will be taken up and forwarded to the Diocese of Orlando to help victims. Donations by check should be made payable to the Diocese of Fresno with “Orlando Victims” on the memo line.
A number of faith leaders, including representatives from the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, also mourned the victims of the attack during a candlelight vigil Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno issued a statement after the attack:
“Unfortunately, there are people in our world who, motivated by hatred and misguidance, are driven to violence and brutality. Additionally unfortunate is that while Islam is a peaceful and loving religion, this crime was carried out by a man with a Muslim name.
“The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno condemns all and every act of hatred, terrorism and violence against any and all of us. We ask our compatriots to remember that we stand with you against violence and hatred, and our religion is a distant cry from the acts of those who wish to bring people harm and pain. We pray for the families and friends of the victims, and we implore our Creator to guide our nation to eradicate itself of hatred and violence.”
Monday, June 20
Cornelia Southern Baptist Church, 2405 N. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1533, free. 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 21
International Yoga Day
Sports, Arts, Music & Science Camp
Easton Presbyterian Church, 5895 S. Elm Ave., Fresno, 559-266-0695, $25. Runs through June 24. 9-11:30 a.m.
Friday, June 24
Wilbur Daniels and the Chordsmen
New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-225-2351. 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, June 25
Screening of ‘Juneteenth’ documentary and dinner
Center for Spiritual Living, 723 W. Clinton Ave., Fresno, Fresno, 559-485-2676, free. (Dinner at 5 p.m., movie at 7 p.m.) 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 26
Freedom Fest and Car Show
Tuesday, June 28
Christian Business Women’s Connection luncheon with speaker Liz Harrison
Pardini’s, 2257 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, cbwcfresno.com/event/luncheon-with-abc-new-liz-harrison, $20. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Refresh: Worship Nights in the Backyard
Wednesday, June 29
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization presents Sister Asha speaking on “Spirituality and Leadership for the 21st Century”
Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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