Kzoo County religious leaders to pray for post-election peace

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LEFT: Mark Smith protests outside a campaign event for Hillary Clinton on Sept. 1, 2016 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer) RIGHT: Gabriela and Juan Parra walk with their mother during an early voting block party Oct. 30, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Religious leaders in Kalamazoo County are teaming up to urge peace following next week’s presidential election.

In a Tuesday news release, clergy members said they’re coming together “out of concern over talk by some individuals of negative actions following our national election.”

They plan to hold a news conference Thursday to collectively sign a letter supporting peace following the Nov. 8 election.

Clergy members are also teaming up for a public interfaith service to pray for peace the night after the election. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 247 W. Lovell Street in Kalamazoo.

The church says parking is free and there will be a staffed nursery for families. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is expected to patrol the event to ensure it’s safe.