Light a Candle for Peace – Candlelight Vigil was the group’s very first event, co-hosted by the Hillel Jewish Student Organization. We came together during Operation Pillar of Cloud in Gaza in the late fall of 2012 to remember the numerous Palestinian and Israeli lives lost in the conflict.
This event was co-sponsored by Amnesty International at UTK, the Middle Eastern Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, UTK Tyson House, UTK Baptist Campus Ministry, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network – UTK Chapter, International Justice Mission, UTK Presbyterian Student Center, the Progressive Student Alliance, and UTK’s Central Program Council.
“This gathering is about uniting, as humans, regardless of our stances or backgrounds, and mourning the devastating loss of human life. We want to remember these people, Palestinians, Israelis, and others caught in the cross-fire, and recognize them as more than just a statistic. We want to commemorate them and acknowledge their passing as a result of the recent war. Please join us and light a candle for peace as we take a moment to dwell on the lives lost. There will be poetry reading, music, and recitation of the names of the martyrs. If you can only spare a minute or two, that’s okay, come by and light a candle in their memory.”
View more pictures from the vigil here.