ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION
As we approach the one-year mark, we prepare to commemorate the events of June 12th, 2016.
Orlando United Day
To remember the victims and honor the survivors of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, a number of community events and activities will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017. The day has also been formally dedicated as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness” to remember and honor the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse. It reaffirms the community’s commitment to survivors and loved ones, as well as recognizing the global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy. (Full Schedule of Events)
The Interfaith Coalition of Central Florida will host a service of reflection on Tuesday, June 6, at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church of Orlando. All are invited to attend this service with voices from many faith traditions and Central Florida’s LGBTQ+ community.
At First Unitarian
June 11, 2017
Our Sunday morning worship service at 11:00 am on Sunday, June 11 will reflect on the events of last year and all that followed.
Our Enrichment Center, which housed volunteer counselors organized by Two Spirit Health Services following the tragedy, will be open for the first time since it renovation. The renovation will allow the congregation to continue its tradition of being a resource to the wider community in good times and bad.
Our new labyrinth, a highlight of the renovation, will also be available for the first time, providing a comforting spot for meditation and reflection. Note: Pulse-related financial donations that have been received have gone toward this community resource.
June 12, 2017
The bell in the courtyard will be rung 49 times at noon along with bells around the country and around the world.
The regular monthly Board of Trustees meeting for this evening has been cancelled to allow members to attend events in the community.
KEEP DANCING ORLANDO
In addition to the city’s OneOrlando Fund both The Center and Equality Florida have GoFundMe sites which are listed below. These organizations are well respected with long histories of supporting Central Florida’s LGBT+ community.
If you are from outside Central Florida, please consider support for your local LGBT+ support organizations, especially those with programs oriented toward the Latinx community. The impact of the Pulse attack is being felt by far and wide, and there is extra pressure on support programs everywhere.
A number of people have been insistent on donations directly to support 1U. We are humbled and grateful. As our recent response was covered primarily through in-kind donations and volunteers time, any financial contributions received will support the upcoming renovations of our campus, which will allow us to continue our historic role of providing space to the community and being a gathering place for Central Florida’s progressive community. Donations may be made online at this live link or sent to:
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803
In either case, please note Pulse in the memo. Thank you!
Counseling services have been relocated. Please contact The Center (below) for the most up-to-date information.
To promote and empower the GLBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support.
An Update from the Center (7/1/2016):
While OneOrlando works through the process to get funds to victims as quickly as possible, the City is meeting the immediate needs of those impacted by the Pulse tragedy through the Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC). This center serves as a navigation point for those who need support during this critical time of healing as well as moving forward. For personalized services, citizens can schedule an appointment through 407-500-HOPE or by visiting cityoforlando.net/hope.
Initially there was an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive and AB Plasma blood donors. As the supply is replenished, you can make an appointment by calling 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283).
CITY OF ORLANDO
photo credit: Greg Morgan