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Religious Leaders Say Pittsburgh's 'Spiritual Steel Curtain' Will Stand Firm In 2019

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Rev. Liddy Barlow of the Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania says the longstanding interfaith cooperation in Pittsburgh is what allowed fundraising and gatherings to take place so soon after the Tree of Life shooting.

Nearly 10 weeks ago, Pittsburgh was shaken by a deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill. The city’s resilience in the face of tragedy gripped the nation.

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:

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. 

Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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