LIT CANDLES—Many people lined up along the sidewalk, from one corner to the next, with their candles lit. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

LIT CANDLES—Many people lined up along the sidewalk, from one corner to the next, with their candles lit. (Photos by J. L. Martello)


East End Cooperative Ministry hosted its second annual “Let Peace Shine” candlelight prayer vigil  last month.

Free and open to the public, this event brought people together as encouragement for embracing every faith. Last year, more than 500 community members participated.

Each participant received a candle that represented a commitment to peace.

IMAM ADBU SEMIH TADESE, of the Islamic University Center, speaking on interpersonal peace.

IMAM ADBU SEMIH TADESE, of the Islamic University Center, speaking on interpersonal peace.


President/CEO Michael J. Mingrone once said, “If we teach and encourage people to have peace within ourselves, then that peace can be transferred to the entire community. Hand in hand, one prayer and one person at a time, we hope to find peace through community and reflection.”

He went on to say,  “We ask the community to come together again for a candlelight vigil as we pray for peace in our community, in our world, and in ourselves.”

PASTOR GEORGE TATE, of St. James Baptist, praying for unity in families and homes.

PASTOR GEORGE TATE, of St. James Baptist, praying for unity in families and homes.


East End Cooperative Ministry was founded in 1970 as a collective response of the leaders of 18 local faith communities who recognized problems that were too great for any one of them to successfully address alone.

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