Letter: Wi-ACT extends sympathy in Charleston shooting

To the Editors:
The Steering Committee of the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT) joins with others here in Wilton, nationally, and throughout the world in extending our profound sympathy to the families of the victims of the shootings at Charleston Emanuel AME Church and to the survivors from among those attacked. We are mindful of the call by the World Methodist Council, of which Emanuel is a part, for “prayer and support for the victims’ families and for those members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church who have been so gravely affected by this crime motivated by hate.”
As we heed that call, we stand in great admiration of the church and its members, including especially the families of the victims, for their calls for unity and forgiveness. We are reminded of the need for all of us to stand up for what is right and to condemn that which demeans, threatens, or hurts our fellow human beings, both in terms of individual acts and in terms of attitudes and mindsets that fail to acknowledge and reflect God’s love for us all and the love of our neighbor as ourselves.
The 33-member Wi-ACT Steering Committee represents 10 Wilton faith institutions — Christian, Jewish and Muslim.
Rachel Bearman, David Bloomer, Phyllis Boozer, Paul Breitenbach, Jason Coker, Maggie Cummins, Tim Cummins, Pam Ely, Debra Forsyth, David Gortz, David Graybill, Char Griffin, Heidi Hawk, Maria Haljun, Louise Herot, Jamie Hewitt, Pat Hoeg, Margie Holcombe, Steve Hudspeth, Peter Kaskell, Genia Meinhold, Endy Perry, Golnar Raissi, Kathleen Rooney, Linda Rost, Hossein Sadeghi, Connie Tate, Arnold Thomas, Don Weber, Shannon White, Madeleine Wilken,
Mary Grace Williams,
Peggy Zamore
Wilton, June 29