Quaker service planned to support murder victim Esme Kenney's parents

By Sheila Gray – bio | email


St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church in Clifton plans a Quaker service on March 7, 2010 to support Esme Kenney's parents on the anniversary of her death.

13-year-old Esme was murdered while jogging near her home last year.  Anthony Kirkland will go on trial in March for her murder.

The Reverend Denise Tracy says, "A Quaker service is simply a service where what happens come from those who attend.  People can be silent, read, or sing as the spirit moves."

The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m.  People may come for a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Rev. Tracy says, "We want to provide a sacred space for community support so that in the midst of the trial and on the anniversary of Esme's death, concerned people can offer and receive solace.  Lisa and Tom (Kenney) and I will be there, and we will receive whoever arrives and be together with them."

Lisa Kenney says the church community at St. John's has been a source of strength for her family.  "One thing we say at the end of services at St. John's is 'faith in the human community,' so we all have different beliefs which are ever changing and evolving, but we can all count on and rely on each other."

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