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Worshippers gather in Bozeman to pray for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 18:00:47-04

BOZEMAN – Bozeman residents from different faiths gathered on Sunday afternoon at Congregation Beth Shalom to honor the lives lost in Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The event was open to everyone in the community, regardless of faith or religion.

The Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association partnered with the congregation to pray for peace and honor the people who died.

“A couple of us had a conversation about, well, should we do something here in Bozeman, and the first thought was, well, this wasn’t a local incident,” said Beth Shalom Board President Sara Schwerin. “But then the more we thought about it, if we wait until it is a local incident, then it is too late.”

Five religious leaders from different churches spoke at the event. There was also a candle lighting, prayer, and song to promote love not hate.

“These incidents are happening not only in synagogues but also in churches and mosques, and in concert halls and movie theaters. So at some point the nation is gonna have to come together and say enough is enough and we have to figure out some way to change,” said Schwerin.

Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News