Multi-Faith Candlelight Prayer Vigil Preaches Hope, Unity

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Some people in KELOLAND are looking to bring the community together through faith.

Pax Christi South Dakota, Presentation Sisters, and the Multi-Cultural Center held a multi-faith candlelight prayer at the Mount Zion Synagogue in Sioux Falls Sunday.

People of all faiths filled the basement of the Mount Zion  Synagogue to spread the message of hope.

“The Sioux Falls multi-faith prayer service is an opportunity for all members of our community, regardless of faith or religion, to learn from each other and share some time with each other,” Josh Grode Wolters with Pax Christi South Dakota said.

Today’s prayer circle was dedicated to the lives lost at the New Zealand mosque shooting.

“When we look at the events that happened in New Zealand recently and that have happened in our country over the last couple of years, we want people to know that we are a people of peace,” Grode Wolters said.

During the vigil, people lit candles when a prayer in their religion was spoken. Once all the candles were on, everyone held them up as a symbol of unity between the different religions.

“It’s a chance for each religion to come together as a way to highlight their own teachers, but then also to recognize some of the similarities we share,” Grode Wolters said.

David Aronson is a part of the Mount Zion Synagogue congregation and led the Jewish portion of the service. He hopes the prayer vigil brings the community together.

“I think we each have something to share with other, and with sharing with others, we grow,” Aronson said.

 Grode Wolters says they plan to hold two other vigils this year- one in June and the other in September.

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