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East Liberty Vigil To Promote Peace In Wake Of Recent Violence

Iain Watson

A candlelight peace vigil is planned in East Liberty next month. As East End Cooperative Ministry Executive Director Michael Mingrone imagines it, thousands of people from across faiths and walks of life will line the streets, candles in hand, conveying a message of solidarity for as far as the eye can see.

“We really wanted to focus on the act of peace and how it’s created,” said Mingrone. “The concept is we create peace within ourselves and our homes and then it gets shared throughout our community, to our country, to the world.”

He said the vigil is not focused on any particular event or locale, though the violence making headlines both in Pittsburgh and abroad prompted EECM to call for the vigil. Mingrone also said a live stream of the event will be available for those who cannot attend.

The Candlelight Peace Vigil takes place Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at East End Cooperative Ministry headquarters in East Liberty.