LUCC Remembers Victims of Mass Shootings

The last 20 years have seen some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history:

April 20, 1999 – 13 people killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

April 16, 2007 – 32 people killed at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

November 5, 2009 – 13 people and an unborn child killed at Fort Hood, Texas.

December 14, 2012 – 27 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

December 2, 2015 –  14 people killed at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

June 12, 2016 – 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

October 1, 2017 – 58 people killed at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November 5, 2017 – 25 people and an unborn child killed at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

February 14, 2018 – 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It’s easy to get lost in those grim statistics. To remember that each victim was a person, a flower shape representing their life hangs in this commemorative installation in the sanctuary.

2 thoughts on “LUCC Remembers Victims of Mass Shootings

  1. The wonderful, aged, swirling branch that hangs from the sanctuary ceiling has inspired me ever since I looked up and first saw it during Advent: the embodiment of heaven come to earth. The branch with its limbs overlapping and reaching out boldly and tenderly for the sun, for life, for us sitting below it, inspires me more than these mere words can say. Then hanging stars were added during the season of Epiphany, and all of nature became God calling us to look up from our busy-ness and to open our eyes to this “burning bush,” calling us to action. And now in Lent, from the branch are the names of those whose blossoming was cut short by gun violence, stopping us in our tracks, right in the middle of the center aisle. We cannot avoid them. We cannot look away. So we sit and pray and listen and sing, asking what this wondrous “word of God” is calling us to do…With gratitude for Colleen Coughenour, an artist of the soul, for this evolving creation – and for Kim Wells for calling forth such unique responses from the LUCC congregation.


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