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Private Event

A Community Vigil for Our Collective Pain

Let's come together as equity and social leaders in New York City, carving out a space where we can hold, honor, and navigate our feelings, extending compassion to ourselves and to each other during these challenging times.

In the face of traumatic deaths in Israel and Gaza, the global community finds itself enveloped in a profound shared sorrow. These events remind us how grief, in its rawest form, universally connects us, moving beyond borders, cultures, and beliefs.

Such immense global heartache often stirs a vast array of emotions – from shock and despair to a profound sense of loss and anger. In these moments, the enormity can render us feeling adrift, questioning, "How can we possibly find grounding amidst such expansive sorrow?"

Yet, these are the very moments that beckon us closer – to not only grapple with our own emotions but also to resonate with the collective heartache echoing through our global community. There's power in our shared vulnerability, offering us avenues for strength, solace, and unity.

The weight of the world is heavy right now. We are ministering to grief-stricken communities. At the same time, caregivers need care, too. As leaders, it’s challenging to find the “right” way to respond to local and global events. As we go from one crisis or tragedy to the next, we don’t take enough time or space for lamentation. Sitting with our grief can help us heal faster, reconnect with love, and build resiliency for the next tragedy that inevitably unfolds.

Reimagine – a nonprofit that helps all people face adversity, loss, and mortality, and channel the hard parts of life into meaningful action and growth – is creating a space for us to mourn and grieve with peers. Reimagine has hosted over 100 vigils since the beginning of the pandemic. The program will feature music, a group ritual, and a participatory ceremony to honor loved ones and all the emotions we’re feeling right now. We look forward to gathering with you.

Before joining, please review the atmosphere we aim to foster together…

What kind of space it is:

  • A grieving space: Despite our varied backgrounds and beliefs, we unite in sorrow.
  • A compassionate space: Our compass points towards mourning loss and widening our hearts with love.
  • A brave space: In a time where fear is rampant, simply showing up with and for others, from diverse walks of life, is an act of courage.
  • An imperfect space: Acknowledging our limitations, we approach with humility, knowing that our words might fall short.

What kind of space it is not:

  • A blaming space: Today is for simply being with ourselves and others amidst what’s hard.
  • A political space: While every action and inaction can be viewed through the lens of politics, our intention is to step beyond those boundaries and be apolitical.
  • A religious space: While religion provides solace for many, our gathering remains neutral, respecting all faiths and people of no faith.
  • A solution space: Our gathering is about bearing witness to our collective pain, not seeking immediate remedies.

Auburn equips leaders with the organizational skills and spiritual resilience required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, on the national stage, and around the world. We amplify voices and visions of faith and moral courage. We convene diverse leaders and cross-sector organizations for generative collaboration and multifaith understanding. And we research what’s working — and not — in theological education and social change-making.

Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.


Ritual & Ceremony
Grief Isolation & Connection