The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Class of 2010, Assistant to the Rector at St. John’s Stamford, joined with Rector, Jim Wheeler, and bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut in leading a Procession for Public Witness Against Violence October 25. Following the end of the first day of their annual convention, about 300 people took up glow sticks and processed along the sidewalks to St. John’s Church. St. John’s then held a contemplative service with music from the Taize community. The church was filled with candles and during a time of silence, people visited four different “stations” to offer prayers for victims of gun violence.
Kathleen reported that St. John’s was “thrilled to welcome the Diocese to our beautiful church, a spiritual center and important force for social services and care in Stamford for over 150 years.” She also noted that the history of Taize at St. John’s is linked to another GTS graduate, her predecessor the Rev. Julia Fritts ’08, who started the Taize services when she was at St. John’s.