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Sandy Hook Elementary School: 10 Years Later

On December 14, 2012, 20 First Graders and 6 Educators were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Much to our continued heartbreak, countless other school shootings have followed. The most recent Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs renews our mission to stop senseless gun violence.

Join us in community with Colorado Ceasefire and Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU) Wednesday, December 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m to commemorate the many lives that have been unfairly lost due to gun violence. 

We will meet at the First Baptist Church Denver (1373 Grant Street, Denver. Colo., near the south side of the Colorado State Capitol).

First Baptist Church has graciously opened their sanctuary to our event speakers for the first half of our Vigil. It will be cold on Wednesday evening. Please join us indoors for the first part.

4:30 p.m. Welcome – Morris Price, Jr., Vigil Host and member of First Baptist Church

Tom Mauser, Parent of Daniel, Killed at Columbine High School April 1999
Jane Dougherty, Sister of Mary Sherlach, School Psychologist, Killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, 2012
Kelly Murphy, Mother of Two Student Survivors, Highlands Ranch STEM High School, May 2019
Stephanie Vigil, HD16-Elect Representative, Club Q District, Colorado Springs

5 p.m. – Transition outdoors to the front of First Baptist Church for our Candlelight Vigil

The vigil portion of the event will take place outdoors. Please dress warmly. Hot beverages will be provided. Feel free to invite any of your friends, family, or peers to join. This event is completely free and open to the community.

Parking: Free church parking and metered street parking are available. Please check our Facebook page and this page closer to the event for updates about church parking.

Our mission and event partners at CFCU Colorado, a 53-church/temple faith-based coalition also working toward gun violence prevention, has 5 simultaneous vigils underway December 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. If you are unable to come to downtown Denver and join us at the First Baptist Church, please consider these options throughout the Denver area. Join us in community to commemorate Sandy Hook…and other school/community shootings:

Southeast Denver Coalition Vigil: Wednesday, December 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
(Group coalition of First Plymouth Congregational Church, Denver | First Universalist | Most Precious Blood Catholic Church | Calvary Baptist Church)
Meet at the corners of Colorado Blvd. and Hampden Avenue | Gather in Courtyard for Prayer Service at 4:15 p.m.
Parking behind church on SW corner

Denver Park Hill Coalition Vigil: Wednesday, December 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
(Group coalition of Messiah Community Church | Montview Presbyterian | Temple Micah | St. Thomas Episcopal | Park Hill UCC | Our Savior Lutheran Church | Capitol Heights Presbyterian).
Meet at 1750 N. Colorado Blvd, Intersection of Colorado Blvd. and 17th Avenue
Gather for Prayer Service at 4:15 p.m.

South Denver Coalition Vigil: Wednesday, December 14, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
(Group coalition of B’nai Havurah | Congregation Rodef Shalom)
Corner of Leetsdale and South Monaco; assemble at B’nai Havurah (6445 East Ohio Ave.)
Vigil followed with warming refreshments

Boulder Coalition Vigil | Wednesday, December 14, 5 to 6 p.m.
(Includes Community UCC | Congregation Bonai Shalon | Congregation Har HaShem | First Congregational UCC | St. Aidan’s Episcopal)
Meet at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder (14th & Pearl) near the County Court House

Lakewood/West Side
Lakewood United Church of Christ (UCC), Wednesday, December 14 5:30 6:00 p.m., 100 Carr St., Lakewood, CO 80226

How can you help at the Vigil and build community?

We have yard signs available….pick up one or several! Get the word out and show your support!  Sign up here to reserve one, and coordinate a pick up time. 

Share a photo of your yard sign and/or nearby church with signs with us. Let’s show how important gun violence prevention (GVP) is to our community!

1) Drop in your photos or video here before or on December 14, 9:30 a.m.

2) Drop in your photos or video here from wherever you are commemorating the Sandy Hook Vigil, December 14, 4:30 p.m. We will share these photos and videos with media outlets so they can see all the Coloradoans who want change. We deeply appreciate your participation!

Questions on the photos? Contact Pat at pbsmith@coloradoceasefire.org. For instructions, click here

Share this event announcement by email and social media. If you don’t need a yard sign, share one online! Grab the header graphic above and share to your Facebook or Twitter page.  (Screen grabs….PC: print screen button, and crop the visual. Mac: Command/Shift/4, and drag the cursor over the graphic.) We also have a Facebook event page, and check Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteer at the event. Use this link! We would love your help. Contact Laney for Volunteer questions. 

Questions about the event? Email info@coloradoceasefire.org

Thank you to our event partner, Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence (CFCU)

Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence seeks to offer faith leaders and congregations a place to witness for safe and peaceful communities. Founded after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a multi-faith coalition, CFCU has grown to 53 congregations in the Denver Metro area, including Fort Collins and Summit county.  CFCU works to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by the improper use of firearms by advocating for gun safety legislation and policies at the state and national level and promoting a public health approach to combatting gun violence.  CFCU is currently organized around four action teams: Advocacy, Public Health Strategies, Outreach, and Communications. Details about the priorities and functions of the four action teams is found at Our Work. CFCU collaborates with other organizations concerned about gun violence, including Colorado Ceasefire, the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence (CCAGV), and state and local health departments. For more information, visit us at cfcu-co.org, and on Facebook