It’s been more than one month since the earthquake in Haiti. While many camera crews and reporters move on to other stories, still many questions linger in people’s minds. There are questions of faith and tragedy as people grapple with one major question, why? Dan Katz and Amy Rigby discussed issues of religion and spirituality in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake with two religious leaders. Jennifer Smith, a Protestant missionary who spent eight days in Haiti after the earthquake and Father Jeff McGowan, pastor of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Southwest Gainesville who has been to Haiti several times before the earthquake.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Haiti-religion.mp3]
About 150 students, Gainesville residents and community leaders gathered around a prayer mat, listened in silence and held carnations in their hands as a University of Florida student sang. The words were meant to comfort in times of mourning.