Starting on Sunday, May 16, thousands of people of faith around the United States, Europe, and Yugoslavia have held candlelight prayer vigils on local bridges and overpasses as a witness for peace in Yugoslavia, and to protest the violence in the region-whether from NATO, Serb, or KLA forces. A prayer campaign organized primarily by e-mail brought people out to the Dry Creek bridge in Modesto, California, the Loraine-Carnegie bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, and bridges in Rockford, Illinois; Biddeford, Maine; Canton, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Evanston, Illinois; and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “We hope tonight’s vigil accomplished two things,” said Barbara Shiffer, organizer of a vigil in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “We want this to be a public witness to the power of prayer, and a show of solidarity and love for the people of Yugoslavia.” Bridges have a special place in the heart of the Slavic people. They are seen as a link between heaven and earth, a link between those who would otherwise be separated by ethnicity, religion, or race.
Praying For Peace in Yugoslavia
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