The MGH Spiritual Care Department hosted a special “Circle of Concern: An Epidemic of Violence” service in the MGH chapel April 5 to honor and console those affected by mass shootings and recognize the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks. At the service, employees were given a card to write their concerns and placed them in a vase on an altar table. Some employees read aloud the words or phrases written on their cards, others placed them in silence.

This was the first in a new monthly series reflecting on current events facing the MGH community.

This article was originally published in the 04/06/18 Hotline issue.