Churches and other organizations are hosting vigils to encourage healing after this bitter election season.

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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.”


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.”