INDIANA — On Sunday morning, the word spread on social media: “Vigil for the tragedy in Pittsburgh at 7 pm on the Courthouse steps. Spread the word.”
The call echoed in communities around the country.
In Indiana, Pa., hundreds heeded it. In a cold rain, they lit and re-lit candles, sang hymns and recited prayers led by attorney Jay Rubin, other members of Beth Israel Synagogue, members of other local faith communities and neighbors drawn to a show of solidarity against hate.
One link between Indiana and Pittsburgh is Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s perennial hosting of Holocaust survivor Moshe Baran, author of an anti-hate blog Language Can Kill: Messages of Genocide, sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.
Last night in Indiana, Christ Episcopal Church minister William Geiger opened the 20-minute event, connected the communities’ links and closed with thanks for all who attended.
Photos by Anthony Frazier. Story by David Loomis.