From Donna Stefanik, RBPC
Four years ago we hosted a Prayer Walk, beginning and ending at our Peace Garden, in response to the tragic "traffic circle" killing of our neighbor James Paroline. On July 20th at we once again gathered in response to the shootings the previous week in our neighborhood, which claimed the life of 19-year-old Tanaya Gilbert and left several others wounded. The recent violence and loss of life in our neighborhood left us saddened, confused, and longing for peace. We stood and walked in solidarity with a hurting community.
Along with local media and political leaders, more than 40 people of varying ages, races and faith communities joined us on the walk, which began at the RBPC Neighborhood Peace Garden, traced a route to the nearby site of the shooting, continued on to Kubota Gardens, and returned to RBPC. At each stop, a member of the clergy prayed for peace with us. Following the walk, RBPC served lemonade and snacks. Above are photos taken by RBPC Parish Associate Janine Moriarty.