Interfaith clergy, Montclair-area civil leaders and residents alike gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair Thursday night in a shared hope — for peace in Ukraine, after Russia's invasion of the country began this week.

As of Friday morning, CNN had reported there was no longer a diplomatic presence in Ukraine, and bombing had reached Kyiv, the capital.

About 100 people attended the vigil, also live streamed on the Unitarian Universalist Congregation's Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Gunta Alexander, who originally comes from Latvia, said she attended because "my little country could be in danger."

The vigil began indoors at the congregation's building before moving outside with candles.

"Russia's invasion of Ukraine reminds us that peace, justice and human rights are linked and interdependent," Bruce Knotts, the director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations, said this week. His message was shared as part of the Montclair congregation's social media promotion of the event. "The soaring words in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights offer that 'recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.'"

Photos by Kate Albright. Video above from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair's Facebook page.

The Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair carries his candle to share his flame with attendees at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair carries his candle to share his flame with attendees at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Chloe and Corey Fields join the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Chloe and Corey Fields join the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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The Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair closes the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
The Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair closes the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Attendees gather on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Attendees gather on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Cantor Meredith Greenberg of Temple Ner Tamid leads the song on the lawn of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Cantor Meredith Greenberg of Temple Ner Tamid leads the song on the lawn of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Gunta Alexander holds a candle during the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022., Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Gunta Alexander holds a candle during the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022., Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Gunta Alexander, attending the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. said "I'm here because I come from Latvia and my little country could be in danger." (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Gunta Alexander, attending the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. said "I'm here because I come from Latvia and my little country could be in danger." (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Isabell Eulette attends the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Isabell Eulette attends the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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Isabell Eulette joins the singing during the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
Isabell Eulette joins the singing during the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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John Lytle attends the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
John Lytle attends the at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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One attendee receives lights from another attendee's candle at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
One attendee receives lights from another attendee's candle at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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One attendee lights another attendee's candle at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
One attendee lights another attendee's candle at the Peace for Ukraine Vigil on Feb. 24, 2022. (KATE ALBRIGHT / FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL)
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