Our beautiful little community with the motto "Nicer In Newtown" became known around the world after the shocking and horrific shooting on the morning of December 14, 2012. A young man planned and carried out a shooting aspree that killed his mother, 6 Sandy Hook Elementary School adults, 20 children, and eventually himself. In support of each other and in our hope for a more peaceful world, the town now embraces the motto "We Choose Love".
We offer heartfelt thanks to the numerous individuals, organizations, and communities who so compassionately sent, and continue to send generous and abundant outpourings of love! From condolences to prayers to offers of help to numbeous gifts... NCC and the local community have received love from all over the world! We greatly appreciate your putting into action the words of our Lord to "love your neighbor".
And now, as a gesture in remembrance of those lost in Newtown or other places that have been affected by acts of violence, we ask that you reach out to your neighbors in your own backyard. If you are wishing to provide compassion and support to the community of Newtown, please do a service of Compassion and Kindness in your town to honor our lost and our suffering.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13
HEALING THE HEALERS (Series 1 - Communal Trauma) by OdessyImpact: "On December 12, 2014, the life of Rev. Matthew Crebbin, Senior Minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, his congregation, and his community were changed forever when a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered twenty children and six adults. For Rev. Crebbin, unimaginable grief was laid at his doorstep as he was called upon to heal his congregation, a situation for which he and his fellow Newtown clergy were unprepared. And once the initial shock and grief wore off, Rev. Crebbin began to wonder what his healing journey might look like five, ten or fifteen years down the road. The sacred space of healing took on a new perspective, and Odyssey Impact joined with Matt on this journey to create Series 1 focusing on faith leaders healing through communal trauma."
View the video: Rev. Matthew Crebbin
If you want to continue to support local efforts that make a difference, please consider supporting organizations approved by those Newtown families who were most affected by the tragedy. The information can be found here: My Sandy Hook Family