Churches and other organizations are hosting vigils to encourage healing after this bitter election season.
For many, the acrimonious 2016 election season can’t end soon enough. Maybe then, a time of healing?
A “Hate Free Candlelight Vigil” was organized in Westlake Park starting late Monday afternoon as several Seattle-area groups moved to kick-start a healing process and bridge widening fractures from the bitterly antagonistic politics of the election year.
Later in the evening, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral hosted a “nonpartisan” interfaith prayer vigil in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders hoped to promote national healing and help “the Seattle community to unify in prayer.”
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On Tuesday’s Election Day, the Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle planned a noon gathering to “pray for healing, for hope and for unity.” In Edmonds, St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Churchplanned a 7 p.m. vigil to “offer prayers for reconciliation and healing as we elect a new president, members of the Senate and Congress, and local representatives.”