UMIO (United Mercer Interfaith Organization) is organizing its Unity Gathering for the families of the victims of homicide violence during the past year. This prayer gathering is focused on remembering those individuals who have died.
The Unity Gathering will be held in Mill Hill Park on Sunday, May 6th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm. This prayer gathering is being held by UMIO in coordination with several other organizations. The timing of the Unity Gathering each year coincides with National Prayer Day. This year is UMIO’s 5th anniversary in holding this Unity Gathering.
The families of the victims are invited, as well as members of the community impacted by their loss. UMIO is reaching out to members of the community in the hope of locating as many families as possible. Family members who are interested in attending should contact Rev. Molly Dykstra at Covenant Presbyterian Church, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609.989.8282.
The interfaith ceremony will feature music, readings, commentary, and prayers. The moderator for this year’s memorial gathering is the Rev. Karen Herandez-Granzen, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton. Music will begin at 2:00pm, which will allow families an opportunity to interact with others and avail themselves of information on support services they might find helpful. Speakers will make up the formal portion of the program from 3:00-4:00pm, followed by more music and refreshments.
UMIO was formed in 2013 to foster interfaith action to help stem social violence and injustice in the Mercer County area and to enhance communication between the leadership of members of the faith community.