posted on Sept. 19: Candlelight vigil for peace attracts about 400


About 400 members of the McMaster community gathered on campus Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil for peace.

Groups represented included the McMaster Students Union(MSU), the Jewish Students Association, the Muslim Students Association and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.

MSU president Sam Minniti mirrored the thoughts of many, noting it was “one week ago today that we witnessed our world shiver and shudder and the horrendous acts of violence. It is one week later and our world is still in disbelief. One thing is for certain and that is that we are uncertain.”

Minniti urged the gathering to exercise compassion and understanding.

“We must not discriminate against any one group, culture, religion or philosophical belief. These acts of terrorism have not come from any culture, religion or philosophy.”

Minniti said people need to unite in these times of trouble.

“We must ensure that compasion and understanding are the threads that are woven into the flag which we proudly fly here at McMaster University.”

Minniti also read a statement on behalf McMaster President Peter George, who was unable to attend.