Student-led vigil tonight at 7 p.m. for Pittsburgh victims

This message was sent by e-mail on behalf of the Office of the Chaplain to students, faculty and staff:

As President Hatch shared with us in his message to the Wake Forest community Sunday, the horrific events in Pittsburgh have touched all of us. In response to the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue, a student-led candlelight vigil will be held on campus tonight, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. on Manchester Plaza.

The community is invited to pray and to keep vigil as we acknowledge the suffering of those affected by this tragedy. At the same time, we will not let the lives lost be only a memory, but, as President Hatch shared, instead let them become a catalyst towards building bonds of friendship, respect and community.

Vigils are periods of purposeful wakefulness maintained for the sake of others. While there is great power in grieving together, our work is to turn grief into growth. If we only grieve but do not grow, we have grieved in vain.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff who are struggling or just want to talk. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 336-758-5210. The Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff at 336-716-5493. We encourage anyone having a difficult time to seek support.