The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County welcomes the wider community of Harford County to participate in their annual Silent Witness Initiative Ceremony this Sunday, Oct. 6.

The mission of the Silent Witness Program is to promote peace, healing and responsibility in adult relationships in order to eliminate domestic murders in the United States.

Each year, the Fellowship erects on its front lawn, wooden silhouettes that represent real victims of domestic murder within Harford County. The figures are then unveiled in a ceremony of healing and in an affirmation of the life of those affected by domestic violence.

The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m., directly following Sunday service at 10:30. All are welcome to join in this gathering at 2515 Churchville Road (Route 22) in the Campus Hills area between Bel Air and Churchville.


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As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this program works to that end to increase community awareness of very real and sobering fact that domestic violence pervades through our local communities, neighborhoods and homes. Victims are not nameless, nor are they very far removed from our everyday lives, the Fellowship's pastor notes in a news release.

"This is an event that ripples throughout Harford County and is appreciated by countless folk rebuilding their lives in the wake or in the continued struggle with domestic violence," Rev. Lisa Ward, UUFHC pastor, said.

The Silent Witness Initiative Program was started in September of 2001. With a grant from Harford Community College, supplies were purchased to build ten Silent Witness figures. Members of UUFHC came together on two weekends to construct the figures. Since then, five additional figures have been added, representing victims of domestic murders in Harford County between 2000 through 2005.

For more information regarding the Silent Witness Initiative, visit http://www.uufhc.net/silent_witness.html or you contact Jackie Beresh, Domestic Violence Task Force leader, at bereshjm@yahoo.com or Rev. Ward at revuufhc@verizon.net.