Shootings in public spaces outside our community are leaving many here feeling both fearful and fragile—especially children. Locally, students have expressed fears and uncertainty about their personal safety on their own campuses. At the same time, parents must address their children’s anxiousness while contending with their own fears. But what exactly do parents say to a generation who, for many good reasons, is now feeling anxious and afraid?

On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Middlesex Middle School cafeteria, the congregations and partner ministries of #darienunited will host a free community presentation for parents entitled, Beyond Thoughts & Prayers: A Christian Response in the Age of Fear and Anxiety. This will be a thoughtful faith-based conversation providing tools for parents as they address the elevated fears and heightened anxiety of their children in these challenging times.

Presenters include the Executive Director for the Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal (, the Rev. Dr. Heather Wright, along with local therapist Julie Hall. Hall will share from her own firsthand experience of providing support to students in the aftermath of the 2014 campus shooting at Seattle Pacific University. Wright and Hall will be joined by Northeast Area Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Rev. Greg Doll.

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Beyond Thoughts & Prayers is hosted by the congregations and ministry partners of #darienunited, an initiative that seeks to cultivate healthy and meaningful community for youth in the town of Darien. More info: