Florida LGBT church remembers Orlando attack victims in special service

A Florida church is focusing on healing and unity for so many as we remember the victims in the Pulse nightclub shooting. (WPEC/Melissa Howell)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (WPEC) - A Florida church is focusing on healing and unity for so many as we remember the victims in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches was scheduled to hold a service of remembrance for the 49 lives lost.

They hope to encourage solidarity and invited the community to join in.

It's a message of peace and unity.

"We as people of faith will not stand for divisiveness of any kind," said Rev. Dr. Lea Brown with the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches.

On Sunday, members of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches and its predominately LGBT congregation hoped to remind the community to show unity and speak out against horrific acts of terror, like the one that happened in Orlando last weekend.

"It's tidal waves of emotion and nausea, that's what I call it ... just trying to cope like everyone else," Brown said.

The church has invited Temple Judah and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to join its mission of more outreach and partnerships with other faiths.

"The minute we start dividing ourselves in the qualifying ourselves as different types of Americans," said Wilfredo Ruiz with CAIR, "then the people who will be prevailing will be the extremist and terrorists."

"Nothing's going to change and it's got to happen and it starts with things like this," Brown said.

It's a partnership they hope will begin a new conversation in America.

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