In August, 1999 following the shootings at the Jewish Day Care Center in California, the United Jewish Center asked for police to be present as their children came to Hebrew School on Sunday morning. The members of First Congregational Church, who were on their way to worship expressed shock and dismay that parents anywhere in this country should be frightened to bring their children to learn about their faith.
Within weeks, the members of First Congregational Church had written and passed a Resolution Against Ant-Semitism,
In May, 2000 St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church hosted Danburys first Interfaith Holocaust Memorial Service. All who attended were offered the opportunity to pledge to work against hatred and to sign up for a Rapid Response Network.
That fall other congregations joined and the Rapid Response Network as we have begun to know it was born.