Thirty-some people gathered for Faith in Action's peace vigil at the Federal Building in Eugene today.
Faith in Action is a coalition of faith-based organizations in the Eugene area. They hold these vigils every other Wednesday. They chose this location because U.S. Senator Gordon Smith's office is in the Federal Building and this intersection gets a lot of traffic at rush-hour.
It was ninety degrees and sunny in Eugene today, and this woman stood so her face was in the shade but her sign was in full view.
The crowd was about 60/40 male/female. Interestingly, no one there seemed to be under the age of 30 without also being under the age of 5. Six or seven small children were in attendance. A couple of them held signs for awhile, but the heat soon drove them to the shade where they drew with chalk on the pavement.
At the end of the vigil, we stood in a circle, held hands, and meditated silently on Psalm 34:14 "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it."
The next Faith in Action peace vigil will be Wednesday, June 26, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. either at the Federal Building, or a few blocks down in front of Senator Wyden's office, at 7th and Charnelton.