Central to Pittsburgh's collective response was the support and cooperation of various faiths. Religious leaders say that strength and unity began years ago -- intentionally -- and remains a guiding light for gathering, conversation and healing.
Local religious leaders joined The Confluence Wednesday to discuss the horror and challenges of last year, plus their hopes for 2019. Panelists include:
- Hamza Perez, youth director for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and co-founder of the Light of the Age Mosque in Pittsburgh;
- Liddy Barlow, executive minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania;
- Ellen Surloff, board president of Dor Hadash;
- De Neice Welch, senior pastor at Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church and president of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network; and,
- Zack Block, executive director of Repair the World Pittsburgh.
The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators join veteran journalist Kevin Gavin, taking an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here or wherever you get your podcasts.