Tuesday, Sept. 26, Wilton, CT–Plans are underway for a show of community support this evening at the Wilton Hindu Mandir temple, following news of criminal mischief that occurred there sometime before Monday afternoon. Members of the Wilton Interfaith Clergy Association are asking the community to join them there (68 Westport Rd.) at 7 p.m. following news of a rock being thrown through the window of a house on the property where the priest lives.
Pastor Shannon White of the Wilton Presbyterian Church told GOOD Morning Wilton that Tuesday morning she spoke with Swami Balgopal, the religious leader at the temple, who told her that this incident was the third time something was thrown at a window in the last six months. This incident, however, was the first time anyone reported the vandalism to police, and the local Hindu community is growing concerned.
White and her fellow religious leader, Rabbi Rachel Bearman of Temple B’nai Chaim, made offers of help, including fundraising to help repair the window and holding a candlelight vigil. Instead Swami Balgopal has said he is opening the doors and inviting the community to take part in worship tonight at 7 p.m., and to then stay for dinner at 8 p.m.. Guests are being asked not to bring anything, that dinner will be provided.
Parking is available on the temple’s front lawn, and guests are asked to leave their shoes outside on the racks provided. Suggested attire includes pants or longer dresses because guests will be sitting on the floor. First selectman Lynne Vanderslice is attending, as will other members of the clergy and the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee.