By: Shelley Bortz
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is support around the world for Ukraine and that includes even in Pittsburgh.
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Clergy from multiple churches across the region, local leaders, and residents gathered at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carnegie to perform a vigil for peace in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .
The message is very clear, we don’t need to divide anymore, there is no need for us and them, we need to unite together for a peaceful world.
“Let’s keep the peace everywhere, the Russians are not the bad guys, bad things are happening under a leader who doesn’t make the right decisions,” Father John Charest said.
When Father John and other pastors learned Ukraine was under attack, they felt very uncertain but knew they had to do something for their church and community.
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Members of churches in the South Hills area gathered for an interfaith prayer service in Carnegie, where churches mark their heritage to Ukraine and Russia.
Father John said this night shows we are standing up as a world and says this is unacceptable.
“The importance of bringing these people together is global,” he said. “We’re doing it here in our small community but if you look at the bigger picture it’s happening all over the world.”
Nearly 200 people from various denominations have come here tonight to show their solidarity with Ukraine but more importantly with each other.
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“It’s a sign of hope and a sign that God is working and God is working to bring us together toward peaceful lives and building a world that knows peace,” said Goal. Professor Noah Evans said.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/02/27/interfaith-community-prays-for-ukraine/ ‘Keep Peace Everywhere:’ People of All Faiths Come Together to Support Ukraine – CBS Pittsburgh