People gathered Jan. 6 near the White House in Washington during a candlelight vigil to call for peaceful solutions to rising tensions between the United States and Iran. A local vigil is set for 6 p,m. Jan. 8 across from the Beaverton City Library. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
People gathered Jan. 6 near the White House in Washington during a candlelight vigil to call for peaceful solutions to rising tensions between the United States and Iran. A local vigil is set for 6 p,m. Jan. 8 across from the Beaverton City Library. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

BEAVERTON — Peace activists, including a Catholic team, have organized a peace rally set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 in Beaverton.

The rally comes after a U.S. drone strike killed Iran’s top general and Iran sent missiles into U.S. bases in neighboring Iraq. Tensions have been rising for months as Iran-backed militants have staged attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East, including a storming of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“The U.S. must begin efforts at diplomacy and peacemaking rather than continued escalation of the crisis that President Trump has just created,” said Lisa Stiller, a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton and a vigil organizer. “We call for immediate de-escalation and an emphasis on diplomacy, including a renewed commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.” 

The vigil will include speakers from Veterans for Peace and statements sent from congressional representatives.

The protest will take place across from the Beaverton City Library, site of a year-round weekly peace vigil led by faith groups.

“As the crisis builds up, we are also calling on the president to consult with Congress before taking any action in the Middle East,” said Stiller.

“We must do everything possible to end this crisis with peaceful actions, using diplomacy, and to restore our relationships with our allies in the process.”