Tuesday, October 3rd at noon, nearly thirty of the churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York joined Episcopal churches nationwide in tolling churchbells for those who died in the October 2nd mass shooting in Las Vegas. The bells were rung one time for each life lost.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, invited all churches in the diocese to toll their bells in a show of solidarity with the people of Las Vegas and with the Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. Edwards had asked his churches and churches nationwide to toll their bells at 9:00 a.m. (noon EST) on October 3rd.
“I ask your prayers for all who are suffering at this time, and all who are working to respond to this tragedy,” said Bishop Duncan-Probe. “Pray for God’s healing and justice in our nation.” Bishop DeDe also released a video statement immediately following the shooting on October 2nd.
Live Broadcast of Prayer Service in the Diocesan Office
The diocesan staff held a short prayer service and tolled our chimes at noon. The service was broadcast via Facebook Live (jump to 11:25 for the start of the service):
The bell tolling was covered by media outlets throughout the diocese. Here’s links to coverage:
Binghamton, WBNG: Binghamton church tolls bell to honor Las Vegas victims. [Link no longer available.] TV segment recorded at Christ Church, Binghamton with the Rev. Elizabeth Ewing.
Syracuse, NewsChannel9: Churches ring bells for Las Vegas victims. Segment filmed at Christ Church, Manlius with the Rev. Dr. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew.
Syracuse Post-Standard: Church bells will toll at noon around the country in solidarity with Las Vegas.
Syracuse, WAER: CNY Episcopal Churches Toll Bells to Commemorate Victims of Las Vegas (AUDIO). Radio segment recorded at Trinity Church, Fayetteville and featuring a phone interview with Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe.
Utica Observer-Dispatch (Utica): Local churches to ring bells today for Vegas victims.
Utica, WKTV: New Hartford church rings bell 59 times to honor Las Vegas shooting victims (VIDEO). [Link no longer available.] TV segment recorded at St. Stephen’s Church, New Hartford with the Rev. Joell Szachara.
Watertown Daily Times: Lowville, Adams churches to ring bells for Las Vegas victims today.
Watertown Daily Times: Several churches ring bells for Las Vegas shooting victims (VIDEO). Videos filmed at Trinity Church, Lowville and Emmanuel Church, Adams.