Kalamazoo College holds prayer service for Boston bombing victims
Updated: Wednesday, April 17 2013, 07:09 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People in West Michigan are showing their support for the victims of the Boston bombings through organized runs and prayer.
Kalamazoo College hosted a prayer service for Boston at the Stetson Chapel Wednesday afternoon.
“After I found out about the bombing, I actually just really wanted to talk to Liz, the chaplain. So I emailed her to see if anything was going on service wise,” said freshman Maddie MacWilliams, who read a Buddhist chant at the service.
Students and staff from the campus, some with ties to Boston came together for the interfaith service.
“I wanted to be with those people in a safe space to kind of reflect and acknowledge what happened,” MacWilliams said.
Prayers, poems and music helped to remember the three killed and dozens injured in the terror explosions at the Boston Marathon Monday.
“I feel a lot more connected to people now. I didn't know there would be people who would feel affected or who would want to talk about it,” said sophomore Cheyenne Harvey.
MacWilliams said while we may feel powerless at times like these, there are still some things we can do.
“I think on a bigger level or individually to promote a more peaceful society; being nice to people for a start,” MacWilliams said.
What should you do if you're having a hard time dealing with the tragedy?
“I would recommend to people that they reach out to people around them that they love and be in community when they can be in community. We can't all go out to Boston and be there so what can you do locally? Who can we reach out to? Who needs your love and care and attention?” said Elizabeth Candido, the College Chaplain.