Community Interfaith Vigil Offers Support, Reaffirms Inclusivity

Oct. 31, 2018

Students representing different faiths spoke at the vigil
Students representing different faiths spoke at the vigil in Donor Plaza on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The Webster University community held an interfaith candlelight vigil on Tuesday evening to reaffirm the core value of diversity and inclusion and provide an opportunity to come together in the aftermath of tragedies and incidents across the world where individuals have been targeted for their beliefs and convictions.

University leaders and students representing multiple faith traditions spoke, and each participant received the name of a recent shooting victim to reflect upon during the gathering.

Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Schuster opened the event.

Students representing different faiths who shared their reflections included Alyssa Shank, Carina Maurer-Batje and Sarman Raheel.

Community members gathered in Donor Plaza on Tuesday evening

Keith Welsh, professor of religious studies, and Vincent C. Flewellen, chief diversity officer, provided perspectives and an activity symbolizing unity. John Buck, dean of students, spoke about the student-initiated #WeAreAllWebster Inclusion Pledge, and President Stroble closed the event by reading the pledge aloud.

The vigil was also intended as a way to support and learn from one another as "we seek to learn from and with each other in order to create a society in which each of us belongs and prospers."

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