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Orlando, Boston, Newtown: Responding to Trauma
Orlando, Boston, Newtown: Responding to Trauma
Faith Development, Families & Faith Development

Last weekend, fifty people died in a nightclub patronized by Orlando, Florida’s LGBTQ community after a person opened fire with two assault weapons. As with the April, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and so many other places where acts of violence have occurred, one need not have been present at the scene to feel unnerved, angry, or shaken.

These resources, developed or suggested by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff, may help you process today's disquieting events emotionally and spiritually for yourself, in your family, and with others in your faith community.


  • Making Meaning after Disaster (PDF) by Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, a Tapestry of Faith workshop for congregations, posted by the UUA Resource Development Office
  • Together in Faith (PDF): Finding Home in Times of Trauma or Disaster by Tracey L. Hurd, posted by the UUA Resource Development Office

Meditations and Readings

  • Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Reading on Death and Remembrance, collected by Edward Searl (Skinner House, 2005). See a prayer by Victoria Safford, page 117; "Love Abides," by Barbara Pescan, page 144; and "We trust that beyond the absence," by Anonymous, page154.
  • Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume 1 (Beacon Press, 1994)

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Beyond Absence:
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings On Death and Remembrance

Edward Searl
From Skinner House Books
Drawn from poets, philosophers, theologians and clergy, this inspiring collection will assist ministers, lay leaders and anyone seeking to express and explore the mystery and grief of death.

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