Sunday, August 13, 2017

An All Faith Vigil for Charlottesville Hosted by Tree of Life UU in McHenry

Hate on the march in Charlottesville Friday night.

Note—My apologies for posting so late today, but I have been processing the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this week-end—reading and thinking.  And I have been busy since worship this morning at Tree Of Life UU Congregation in McHenry putting together notice on social media and in the press of this rapid response event.  I will have more to say  about this crisis point in American history tomorrow, but today this is what folks in McHenry County need to know.
The Social Justice Team of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry will host and facilitate A Vigil for Charlottesville—All Creeds, All Colors, All Caring on Monday, August 14 from 8 to 9:30 pm. 
The event will be vigil of prayer, outrage, commitment, and resistance after a weekend of White Nationalist, Neo-Nazi, and Ku Klux Klan violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It is open to all faiths, creeds, races, gender identifications, and defenders of democracy. 
“We will gather on the grounds of the church to share prayer, song, and commitment and then proceed to the corner of Bull Valley Road and Crystal Lake Road for public roadside witness,” said Patrick Murfin, a volunteer with the Social Justice team.  “Bring signs, banners, bug spray, and flashlights, lanterns, or shielded candles.”

32 year old anti-fascist activist Heather Heyer gave he life in the struggle.  She will probably not be the last.
The life and memory of Heather Heyer, 32-year-old Charlottesville resident who was killed when a car driven by a White Nationalist rammed a large group of anti-fascist protestors at the Unite the Right rally will be mourned and celebrated and the sacrifices of all the others who were assaulted, injured, and terrorized over the weekend will be acknowledged. Also remembered will be Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates who were killed in a helicopter crash while on duty connected to the Right Wing rally.

A young Black woman fearlessly challenged hood wearing Klansmen,  Could we do the same?
America is at a crisis point,” Murfin said with the “so-called Alt-right feeling empowered by an administration that plays to their prejudices.  American values of equality, inclusiveness, and democracy itself are under attack as never before.  We are proud to stand with others across the country in Resistance to it.”
For more information contact Tree of Life at 815 322-2464 or Murfin at 815 814-5645.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this information.

  2. We will be with you in Geneva, Illinois at 113 S. 3rd St. Geneva. Our vigil is from 7-8:30. The universe will hear us harmonize. Thank you! Jeannie from Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva.

  3. I have been informed that the photo of the young woman and the Klansmen was not taken in Charlottesville this weekend but was taken by Anthony Karen in Mississippi in 2014. It was cropped and mislabeled in my source. I am leaving it up because luckily I did not mention Charlottesville in the caption and whenever taken she remains an inspiration.