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DIVNET  April 2000

DIVNET April 2000

Subject:

Re: candlelight vigil

From:

"Amethyst D. Peaslee" <[log in to unmask]>

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Diversity Ambassador <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 14 Apr 2000 12:25:50 -0400

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Hi, is anyone out there going to go to this vigil?  I would be interested
if i could carpool with other folks.  Thanks.  I may not check my e-mail
again today b/c it is at work.  You could call me at 862-2968. Thanks.
Amethyst

On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Kyla McLeod wrote:

> >
> >Dear Friends,
> >
> >Rev. Jane Dwinell, minister, First Universalist Parish, Derby Line,
> >invites you to the following event:
> >
> >There will be a Candlelight Vigil at the First Universalist Parish,
> >a UU congregation, on Sat. April 15 at 7 pm.  The church is located
> >on Main St. in Derby Line, which is also Route 5.  White clapboard
> >church, next to the Town Hall and Border Station.
> >
> >This Vigil has been called by the Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas, Conference
> >Minister of the VT Conference of the United Church of Chirst.  He
> >writes: "Last Friday evening Dwight Walker's car was completely
> >destroyed by fire.  Dwight is the pastor of the Coventry and Westfield
> >Congregational churches.  He is also gay.  Even before the publication
> >of an article in the Burlington Free Press, in which he was quoted as
> >an openly gay pastor, Dwight has been the target of homophobic
> >harassment.  These abuses have included anonymous threatening phone
> >calls, his car being soaped with the word "fag", and now the most
> >recent attack.  The circumstances surrounding the fire are suspicious,
> >leaving us inclined to believe it was a hate crime.  The Department of
> >Public Safety is still conducting the investigation as to the cause of
> >the fire."
> >
> >Dwight has been active on the civil union issue.
> >
> >As may be true in your area, many of us in the Kingdom have received
> >hate mail, death threats and other forms of harrassment as homophobia
> >rears its ugly head.
> >
> >The Vigil is being held for all of us, as support, and as a message
> >to the perpetrators that acts of violence and vandalism are intolerable.
> >Many people of faith are in favor of civil unions and of civil rights
> >that need to be available to all.  We will not be stopped by threats.
> >
> >Please come to show your solidarity and support and to find comfort in
> >joining together, in strength, in peace, and in love.
> >
> >See you there!
> >
> >*************************************************************************
> >*  Dorothy Mammen                                                       *
> >*  Coordinator, Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force                     *
> >*  [log in to unmask]                                              *
> >*                                                                       *
> >*  VT Freedom to Marry Task Force  VT Freedom to Marry Action Committee *
> >*  PO Box 1312                     PO Box 1038                          *
> >*  Middlebury, VT 05753            Middlebury, VT 05753                 *
> >*  [log in to unmask]          [log in to unmask]        n,
*
> >*  http://www.vtfreetomarry.org    http://www.vtmarriageaction.com      *
> >*  (802) 388-2633                  (802) 388-2633                       *
> >*                                                                       *
> >*  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can *
> >*  change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.        *
> >*                                 -- Margaret Mead                      *
> >*************************************************************************
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> _____________________________________________
>
> Kyla J. McLeod
> Graduate Assistant
> Center for Cultural Pluralism
> The University of Vermont
> phone (802)656-7990
> Fax (802)656-3348
>

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