One Orlando Alliance invites all to attend the annual 49 Bells Ceremony to be held at 12 pm on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 E. Jackson St.
49 Bells Ceremony attendees are encouraged to arrive at 11:45 am, as the 11 am worship service is concluding. All attendees are also welcome to join First UMC for their worship service at 11 am which will include songs by the Orlando Gay Chorus. However, attendance at the worship service is completely optional. The 49 Bells Ceremony will begin a few moments before 12 pm in the Sanctuary. Seating will also be provided in the outdoor Rotunda/courtyard area. Attendees are welcome to sit indoors or outdoors, wherever they might be most comfortable. The audio of the ceremony will be projected into the Rotunda/courtyard. Following the ceremony, the Sanctuary will remain open for quiet reflection until 1 pm.
On June 12, 2016, a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing 49 innocent people and injuring dozens more. The Pulse tragedy remains one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history and those victimized were primarily members of the LGBTQ+, Latinx and Black communities.
As the one-year remembrance of the tragedy approached, mothers of the victims launched an effort to find 49 churches around the world willing to toll their bells 49 times in honor of those taken. Since 2017 this movement has expanded to congregations of all faiths as well as other types of organizations. To date, more than 700 organizations in 16 countries have participated in the 49 Bells observance.
If your organization would like to participate in the 49 Bells observance in some way other than the Ceremony, please review the information at https://oneorlandoalliance.org/49-bells/ and register to let us know about your participation.