Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace
Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Prayer Vigil

Excerpt from the Wilkinsburg Sun:


"Continuing a long tradition of honoring Dr. King in our community, the Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace hosted a prayer vigil on Monday January 16 at the Wilkinsburg train station thanks to the cooperation of the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation.  The train station was chosen as the site for the prayer vigil because the efforts of the WCDC to renovate it represent hope and transformation for our community. Participants wrote names of people who died in violence in this last year in our community, nation and world and placed it on a Wall of Tears while ministers from several congregations prayed and read quotes from Dr. King.  Among those participating were Mayor John Thompson, Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, Rev. Pete Smith of the Covenant Fellowship Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rev. David DiDonato of the Bible Chapel Church, Rev. Tom Mitchel of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, Bishop Michael Golphin of Deliverance Baptist Church and Rev. Rita Platt of South Avenue United Methodist Church.  In addition, Dr. William Banks of The Entertainment Consortium, which is offering a Saturday and afterschool arts program at The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg, sang, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Members of the Jewish and Islamic community joined together in prayers for peace for our community, nation and world."

Dedication of Franklin Avenue as a Place of Peace

By Dan Majors / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The backyard of the home at 1304 Franklin Ave. in Wilkinsburg — the scene of the shootings that claimed six lives on March 9 — was consecrated anew Wednesday evening in a simple service aimed at marking the space as a place of peace rather than a memorial to mayhem.  Read more...

Operation Light on Franklin Fall Clean-Up Day

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