EDMOND, Okla. – Faculty and staff at Oklahoma Christian University are joining thousands of people across the country who are coming together in solidarity to pray for Charlottesville, Virginia.
"Our hearts are troubled. In fact, our hearts hurt because of the violence, and the attitude and the hate that we saw on display so blatantly this past weekend,” John deSteiguer, president of Oklahoma Christian, said in prayer.
Early Monday morning, faculty and staff at the university came together to pray for the Charlottesville, Virginia community.
"We gather, as a community, and pray in really difficult times, sometimes when really good things happen as well,” deSteiguer said.
Emotions are running high right now in Charlottesville, just days after clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters turned deadly.
"This is happening in Virginia, but the reality is this is happening all over the place in quieter ways, ways that sometimes I can't see as a white man,” deSteiguer said.
That’s why Oklahoma Christian, along with hundreds of Oklahomans who gathered at the capitol this weekend for a vigil, are joining thousands across the nation who are calling for the hate to stop.
"I think it's important for all of us to stand up for people in marginalized groups, to stand beside them because, if we don't go forward together, we don't go forward at all,” said Jenny Mansell, who attended the vigil this weekend.
"Racism is a very serious problem. It's a significant problem that we, as Christians, need to take a stand against,” deSteiguer said.