Next Friday: Love Thy Neighbor Initiative– mayor, police, community invited

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A faith-based initiative wants to bring together the community as an opportunity to encourage “hope and healing.”

A candlelight prayer vigil is what local faith leaders are hoping will unite the Huntsville community after a series of distressful incidents have occurred throughout the country.

Pastor Panisha Stigger is among the faith leaders that were called to organize the event. She said the event leaders are not aligned with any movement or cause that has formed due to the country’s recent incidents.

“…The purpose is to reflect the love of Christ and embrace opportunities for hope and healing within communities. Through faith in God, we seek to make a difference and impact lives. We have invited our political and police community and we look forward to uniting together for a time of prayer,” Stigger said.

Pastor Panisha Stigger pictured alongside Minister Fred Whitlow, organizers of the Love Thy Neighbor event. They appeared at the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday to invite leaders and the community to the event.

Pastor Panisha Stigger pictured alongside Minister Fred Whitlow, organizers of the Love Thy Neighbor event. They appeared at the Huntsville City Council meeting Thursday to invite leaders and the community to the event.

Vigil leaders attended Thursday night’s city council meeting to invite Mayor Tommy Battle, other council members,  and the Huntsville Police Department as well as extending on open invitation to everyone in the community.

The candlelight prayer vigil is scheduled for Friday, July 22, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Girls & Boys Club park at 125 Earl Street near downtown.