FORT WAYNE—The Rescue Mission and the Fort Wayne Urban League are partnering together to host a Community Forgiveness and Reconciliation Symposium on October 16, 2013 at 6:00pm. The event will take place at the Urban League (2135 S Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN 46803).
“We find ourselves grieving the loss of 33 members of our great city. The Urban League and The Rescue Mission are saddened by this loss along with many others,” says Rev. Donovan Coley, CEO/Senior Pastor at The Rescue Mission. “We are convinced that this is a community challenge that deserves a community response and solution,” says Jonathan Ray, President/CEO of the Urban League.
With that in mind, the Urban League and The Rescue Mission have partnered together to host an event to open this dialogue among major stakeholders in our city. The event has multiple purposes, including re-affirming what is good about our city, uniting the voices of key leaders on the issue of violence in our city, calling for healing, forgiveness and reconciliation among our citizens, and a call to prayer that would lead to action and finding a solution to the violence. Key government, religious, educational, law enforcement, and social service persons will be in attendance.
Aurora, Colorado theater shooting survivor, Pierce O’Farrill, will be speaking at the event, giving his testimony and discussing the need for community healing in the wake of violent events.
O’Farrill, 29, still has shotgun pellets in his chest and a bullet lodged in his arm. As a devout Christian — and an employee of the Denver Rescue Mission — he forgives the man charged in the shootings.