In the wake of a year filled with political rancor, international terrorist attacks and incidents of violence and tensions at home, Phoenixville community leaders want to start the new year on a positive note by affirming the civic spirit and neighborly bonds for which the small borough has been well-known over the years.
The Vigil will offer speakers from faith communities including Islamic, Jewish, Hindu and Christian traditions; local government officials; and leaders from the Hispanic, African American and LGBT communities. According to vigil organizers, the purpose of this event is to promote peace and understanding among our citizens as our communities become more and more diverse. Organizers hope that bringing people together to meet, hear and talk with each other will foster greater comfort and understanding at a time when world events seem chaotic and media coverage often focuses on fear and violence.
Immediately following the one hour service, attendees are invited to enjoy light refreshments of sweet and savory finger food and fellowship at the Church. Organizers envision this event as a kick-off for continuing dialogue and community engagement in their “Community Peace Initiative,” an ongoing project which will continue to sponsor local forums in the coming year.
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