TODAY (Jan. 6, 2020): #PrayforPeace candlelight vigil calls for peace, not violence

People of faith and of goodwill to gather at 6 p.m. outside Rome City Hall Monday

At 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, people of faith and people of goodwill will gather outside Rome City Hall as part of a nationwide call for peace at a time of increasing hostility between the U.S. and Iran.

People of faith, conscience and goodwill are calling for peace and condemning the violence that is being inflicted and incited by our president on our border, in our country and across the world.

President [Donald J.] Trump’s latest decision to recklessly assassinate the military commander of Iran’s Quds Force will cause more violence and bloodshed in a region already facing endless wars. Congress must stop the escalation of war with Iran.

Our shared faith values inspire us to be peacemakers and to live by faith, not fear.  As people of faith, we are called to be peace and bring peace. We have this vocation when President Trump incites violence against immigrants and religious minorities at home and when he threatens war overseas.  We cannot give into fear, but must embrace peace and reject violence.

Attendees will gather to pray for peace and wisdom for world leaders that they may work for the common good and denounce violence.

Participants in Rome and across the nation will use #PrayForPeace to engage communities on social media. The link to the event in Rome is here.

WHEN: The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude by 7 p.m.

WHERE: Rome City Hall, 198 N. Washington St., Rome

WHO: Members of local faith communities and all people of faith, conscience and goodwill

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