Interfaith Vigil for Orlando Mass Shooting

Gathering for Hope and Healing, Followed by a Street-side Vigil

Monday, June 13th 7:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

22135 Davis Drive
Sterling, VA, Suite 105

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society and Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES.

The Interfaith Community of Loudoun County stands together to condemn the mass shooting attack in Orlando Florida, pray for the victims, and unite in hope for a more compassionate world.

The response to hate must be and love.
The response to violence must be peace, born of solidarity.
The response to loss must be grief followed by hope – hope in the more noble and generous world that we can build together.

Press Contacts:
Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, UUCS,; 703-731-9018
Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS,
Paria Akahavan, President, Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES 703-623-2038
Gurpreet Singh, Vice-President, Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES 571-420-0489

Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES:
A hope, a gift, and a conversation…

Day of Thanks, 2013In November of 2006, a donation enabled a small gathering of faith communities interested in interfaith dialogue to begin holding monthly luncheon meetings. By the Spring of 2007, that gathering had expanded in both size and diversity and adopted a mission statement, and formally adopted the name “Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES.” Our inaugural event, the first annual Interfaith Family Picnic, was held in August of 2007. We have since grown to include more than twenty diverse congregations and community organizations, and have established partnerships in the community to co-create an array of programs and activities.

Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the summer of 2013. You can read more about our history here.

Awed by the ever widening ‘global’ environment of Loudoun County and chastened by the gaps that quick growth carves, BRIDGES is poised to develop with our county, working to ensure a noble exchange of ideas, compassion and service.

Guiding Objectives:

  • Social Events – Celebratory and Educational: To recognize diversity and inspire unity through an annual series of events that welcome and honor the faith expressions and humanity of all.
  • Youth Education: To promote a safe, tolerant environment by providing programs and experiences for children and youth in the county from various faith and cultural traditions.
  • Community Assistance and Social Justice: To work side by side with people of diverse faiths and cultural expressions. To inspire unity through acts of mercy, generosity and empowerment.
  • Advocacy and Policy Matters: To foster a unified interfaith voice on countywide issues and concerns.