Xavier University holds noon prayer service Tuesday for massacre victims

Xavier University holds noon prayer service Tuesday for massacre victims

EVANSTON, OH (FOX19) - Xavier University is holding a noon prayer service Tuesday for victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

The gathering will take place in the Gallagher Student Center on campus, 3800 Victory Parkway.

"We are a community in mourning.   We mourn the loss of lives in Orlando," said Dave Johnson, Xavier's associate provost and chief student affairs officer, in a prepared statement.

"We mourn the attack on the LGBTQ community.  We mourn hatred and efforts to divide us.

"As Frank Langella so powerfully stated at The Tony Awards on Sunday evening, 'When something bad happens we have three choices: we let it define us, we let it destroy us, or we let it strengthen us.'"

Johnson continued: "As a community, we echo this declaration.  And we commit ourselves to embodying our values of solidarity and social justice by building inclusion and peace in our community, country and world.

"It is incredibly important that we, as a community, support and stand by those in our LGBTQ, Latina/o and our Muslim communities.  This act of terrorism and hate crime was meant to divide us, but we must stand together and stand strong by supporting and loving one another.  As social justice activist Dr. Cornel West so eloquently taught us, 'Justice is what Love looks like in Public.'"

"Please join us Tuesday at noon, in person or in spirit, as we gather in the Gallagher Student Center as a University community to mourn the lives lost, to give voice to the pain and injury of this attack on our community, and to pray in our multitudes of faith for peace.  We encourage those of you nearby to join us over the lunch hour.

"Today, we mourn.  Tomorrow, we rebuild – stronger than before."

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