Local religious leaders, Madison community members host vigil for recent mass shooting tragedies

MADISON, Wis. — Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, are two cities that are hundreds of miles away from Madison, but on Tuesday night, both felt painfully close to this city.

Multiple religious leaders and dozens of community members gathered at Common Grace Church in Madison in an effort to reflect, to pray and speak of change after the two deadly mass shootings.

“How do we as people of faith, come together in ways that will actually make impact and change the ways of power that seem to be ruling our entire country?” Rev. Everret Mitchell asked.

Eugene Crisler, who helped organize the vigil, said people must speak out against the violence the country continues to experience, and the best way to do so is with a united front.

“It’s very important to show that we can all come together as faith leaders, as faith going people, different congregations, different faiths, to be able to show that the solidarity is here,” Crisler said.

Every night, there are families in Buffalo and Uvalde who will mourn the loss of a loved one killed in a senseless manner.

“It doesn’t matter if it was thousands of miles away or in our back yard; these are human beings and most of all, children,” event organizer Bonnie Margulis said.

Those who gathered at Common Grace are hoping to spark a conversation so that these kinds of tragedies end.

“The only way to change power politically is to put people in positions that reflect the heart and the courage to do exactly what we need them to do,” said Rev. Mitchell.