“We also now there are many more in our community who gather with us in spirit who are either unable to be with us because they are out of town or for whom such a public gathering in a time of such tremendous tragedy is too painful. We think of them in this moment as well,” Luehrmann said.
“Gatherings like today are not at all on our minds when we chose to live out our call as educators,” Luehrmann said.
Luehrmann said as educators and as engaged citizens “we are also called to make sense of this.” She said they should work to do everything they can to make sure vigils like the one that afternoon are “as rare as they should be.”
“In the midst of our tremendous grief, let’s please personally commit to move forward this week with difficult conversations and action grounded in respect, guided by research and focus,” Luehrmann said.
PHOTOS: Prayer vigil held for victims of Oregon District shooting