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A Weekly Vigil for Peace
Weinholtz, professor of educational leadership in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, is a Quaker who says he felt the need to make a personal statement to protest the war in Iraq.
“I was frustrated that I was not able to attend other vigils,” said Weinholtz. “I decided to hold a vigil in my primary community and wait to see what happened.”
Weinholtz was soon joined by Associate Professor of Sociology Jay Stewart, a Quaker who also is concerned about peace issues. Stewart tries to attend each weekly vigil and displays a poster depicting the number of military deaths and injuries in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Weinholtz’s daughter Jennifer, a student at the University, also attends the vigil regularly.
“I joined in the spring and stood with Donn as the vigil started to reach more people,” said Stewart.
Last winter, a group of Saudi students at the English Language Institute saw Weinholtz standing alone in the snow, and sent their teacher out to see what he was doing. Weinholtz explained the purpose of the vigil to them, and some students later visited him at the Quaker Meeting House, while others stop by the vigil regularly.
This semester a growing number of faculty, staff, and students are participating in the vigil. University of Hartford student Margaret Bingel, a junior, visits regularly each week. She became involved last semester because, she said, there weren’t many demonstrations on campus. “I wanted to be part of it,” she said.