Post election vigil for healing aims to start bridging gaps
COLORADO SPRINGS -
Despite protests across the nation, a group in Colorado Springs is taking a different approach to not getting their way in this election. They're promising to work toward bridging the gap between Americans with differing opinions. They held a vigil Wednesday night in downtown Colorado Springs.
While the group didn't have an official political affiliation, most of them were Clinton supporters promising to start understanding their differences with Trump supporters. "The country is so divided in so many ways and across so many different kinds of identities," said Amanda Udis-Kessler, a vigil attendee.
Many people at the vigil admit to being thrown off by the election results. "There was like this whole undercurrent of discontent in our nation that perhaps we weren't aware of," said Rev. Dr. Nori Rost, the Minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
Rather than protesting what they can't change, they're promising to work towards understanding those with different political views.
"I must listen to their stories," said Udis-Kessler. "I must understand their suffering, just as I wish they would understand mine."
They hope it can be the beginning of the healing our country needs. "It's only if we can listen to one another's stories and hear one another's stories that we can find true healing," said Rost. "Otherwise it's just a bunch of talking heads."
The vigil was planned before the results of the election were final in hopes of beginning to fix the disconnect no matter who came out on top.