By BRENDAN KIRBY
With the immediate threat of war in Iraq receding, Washington County religious leaders Thursday led about 30 people in praying that war might be avoided in the Middle East.
Clergy from four denominations joined at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown to pray for peace both abroad and at home.
"The very fiber of our lives is threatened by violence. Whether it be in Iraq or on Potomac Street, violence is so prevalent," said the Rev. Donald Stevenson, of Christ's Reformed U.C.C.
"As a people of faith, we are required to seek peace and pursue it," said the Rev. Kenneth Dorsch, of St. John's Episcopal Church. "I pray that in the heat of the dispute, our feelings of powerlessness will not cause us to give up our most precious resource - hope."