Bells toll for the dead of Aleppo
by Gavin Drake
Source: Anglican Communion News Service
A simple act of solidarity with the people of Aleppo by a parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has turned into a global initiative supported by several Anglican churches. On 12 October, the parish of Kallio in Helsinki, began ringing its tolling bell at 5 pm each evening. The tolling bell, usually ring at funerals and to mark periods of mourning, was rung to mark the thousands of people killed during the military onslaught in Syria’s besieged city of Aleppo. A social media campaign, #BellsForAleppo, encouraged other churches to join in with the initiative, culminating today (Monday 24 October) – the United Nations Day.