Austin group holds vigil following Charlottesville events

People gather Sunday night for a peace vigil near Woodland Ave. and Interstate 35. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
People gather Sunday night for a peace vigil near Woodland Ave. and Interstate 35. (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A group of people in Austin attended a peace vigil Sunday night to “shine light into the darkness.”

The vigil was hosted by The Front Porch and The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. The director of The Front Porch says the idea came to them when he saw the news on Saturday of a man plowing his car into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally.

“A lot of Republicans are starting to speak out and a lot of Democrats. We just have a chance to work towards that deep critical mass against those forces,” said The Front Porch Director Stephen Kinney. “We have a common humanity beyond religion and politics. This says, ‘Hey, guys, we don’t want to go back there. We have to find common ground.’”

Although short notice, the organizer of the event says she’s from Virginia so Saturday’s events really struck home. “I felt like a line was crossed within myself and i felt the need to want to gather with other people with kindred spirits and shift the energy that seems to be around us from negative to positive,” said Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd programs Director Aimee Bostwick.

“I felt the need for us as a community to provide a safe place for people to pray and to hope that we can live in a community that witnesses the triumphs of love,” Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Reverend Morgan Allen.

The event took place under the “LOVE” sign at the park on the Hill, 1700 Woodland Ave. The event page on Facebook said people of all faiths and of no particular faith were invited.

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