Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity gath­ered in the Sacred Space on Monday after­noon to com­mem­o­rate the one-​​month anniver­sary of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shooting and honor those who lost their lives in the Dec. 14 tragedy.

The inter­faith vigil of remem­brance and reded­i­ca­tion to hope, kind­ness, and con­science was led by Alexander Lev­ering Kern, the exec­u­tive director of Northeastern’s Center for Spir­i­tu­ality, Dia­logue, and Ser­vice, and fea­tured poignant remarks by North­eastern stu­dents and staff.

Speaking behind a podium on which a candle’s flame gently flick­ered, Kern summed up the pur­pose of the solemn cer­e­mony: “We gather here, in sorrow and sol­i­darity,” he said. “We are a people of hope, and courage, and resolve, and we know from our many faith tra­di­tions that love is stronger than death.”

A wood peace pole flanking the podium rein­forced the power of his words through its hopeful inscrip­tion: “May peace pre­vail on earth.”

The ser­vice fea­tured a reading of the names of the 20 chil­dren and six adults who were killed at the New­town, Conn., school. A bell was rung in remem­brance of each life lost and a rose was placed on the podium in honor of each victim.

Troy Neves, a North­eastern under­grad­uate stu­dent who grew up in New­town, reflected on the dif­fi­culty of moving for­ward after a tragedy strikes home. “Going back to school has been dif­fi­cult and can be iso­lating because everyone at home is going through the same things and grieving together,” he said. “Today means a lot to me and my peers from New­town, because it reminds us that we are not here alone.”

Richard O’Bryant, the director of the John D. O’Bryant African Amer­ican Insti­tute, invoked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in calling for an end to gun vio­lence.  The nation will cel­e­brate Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday.

If Dr. King were here today, he would ask us to think about how we deal with the prob­lems and dif­fi­cul­ties in our lives,” O’Bryant said. “It is incum­bent upon us to carry his mes­sage of peace and hope so that we may con­tribute to a better tomorrow.”

Prior to the closing of the 30-​​minute cer­e­mony, Kern led the singing of a song called “Peace, Salaam, Shalom.” He pref­aced the song by sharing these words of encour­age­ment: “We must look deep into our con­science and in our hearts and ask our­selves what might we do as agents of change so that there may not be another Newtown.”