Faith & Advocacy Groups to Host Club Q Vigil in Denver
(DENVER) — The Colorado interfaith community is hosting a Club Q vigil tonight, Monday, November 21, 2022, at 7 p.m. at ReelWorks, 1399 35th St. in the Rino District in Denver. Additionally, the program will be streamed live on YouTube.
OneColorado, The Interfaith Alliance, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Rocky Mountain Rabbis and Cantors (RMRC), Temple Emanuel, and JEWISHcolorado and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are coordinating the event in memory of the five people who were killed and to share prayers of healing for the 25 injured at a weekend mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. “This is a critical time for our community to come together in support and healing for those tragically impacted by this horrific event,” said Shara Smith, Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis will address the gathering. On Sunday, Polis ordered flags lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide until the end of the week to honor and remember the victims of the shooting. The Pride flag also will be raised at the Colorado State Capitol for the next five days.
There are publications and numerous organizations are making resources available including:
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (English and Español)
- Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice
- The Club Q Shooting and The Ripple Effect of Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate
- Public list of therapists offering support at this time
- Keshet of the Rockies
- Colorado Crisis Services, 1-844-493-TALK (8225)
- National Victims of Violent Crimes, 1-202-467-8700
- Crisis Text Line, Text HOME to 741741
- Trevor Project, Text START to 678-678
To Support Victims
Coloradans can securely contribute to community members in need by giving to the Colorado Healing Fund. Other giving options include:
- OneColorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ) Coloradans and their families.
- The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado promotes justice, religious liberty, and interfaith understanding through building relationships to educate, advocate, and catalyze social change.
- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the world’s leading expert on antisemitism and is on the front lines, shining a light on all forms of antisemitism and empowering individuals and communities with tools to address this age-old hate.
- Rocky Mountain Rabbis and Cantors (RMRC) is a multi-denominational agency serving Colorado rabbis and cantors across all the movements.
- Temple Emanuel is the oldest Jewish congregation in the state of Colorado, founded in 1874. It is the largest Jewish congregation between Kansas City and the West Coast.
- JEWISHcolorado and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) mobilizes resources to ensure that Jewish culture remains vibrant, secure, and accessible for all Jews in Colorado and abroad. The JCRC is central community relations agency of the organized Jewish community in Colorado, the JCRC is both a voice for the Jewish community at the Colorado State Capitol and a partner in building relationships with other faith, ethnic, and stakeholder communities.