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The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the world and our community. Over 400,000 people in the US have died due to COVID19 and in Travis County over 685 have died. The City of Austin will come together with Interfaith Action of Central Texas for a virtual memorial service to remember those who have died.  

“Remembrance for Those We’ve Lost” begins at 3 pm, Sunday, February 28, 2021 on YouTube Live, and Facebook page, and on Microsoft Teams.  The event is free and open to the public. This interfaith service of secular and non-secular memorials will honor and give thanks for the lives of the many people who have died and the families and loved ones affected.

The service is a collaboration of the City of Austin, Travis County, Community Advancement Network, Austin Community College, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Oakwood Cemetery Chapel and others. The service includes prayers, music and practices from diverse traditions including Bahá'í, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Buddhist, Catholic, Sikh, Unitarian, Indigenous peoples as well as non-secular remembrances.

Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director of iACT, who collaborated with Nora Comstock on the concept of the Remembrance service, said  “we will come together to remember every life lost to COVID 19, and to bring healing and closure in our hearts for all the loss we have experienced this past year.” The mission of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration.  Dr. Nora Comstock, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Austin Community College Trustee, and immediate past chair for the Community Advancement Network's Community Council, added, “We will remember each life lost to COVID and during this time of the pandemic!”

The public is invited to join in the remembrance by ringing bells or gongs at 4:30 pm, Sunday, February 28.

Service will be available on TeamsYouTube Live and Facebook Page Live. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar. No registration required.



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Laura Esparza