RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Following the divisive presidential campaign, faith leaders in Raleigh came together Monday night to try to promote unity.
They held a prayer service at First Baptist Church on South Wilmington Street.
Some of the people who attended said they’re concerned about the direction the country will go under President-elect Donald Trump.
One pastor said the campaign brought out the “worst in us” at times.
The prayer service comes as protests have broken out across the country. While they’ve been peaceful in the Triangle, in other areas they’ve turned violent.
“The violence could get worse. And then if it gets worse, then we’re going to be in total chaos,” said Dr. Dumas Harshaw, senior pastor at First Baptist Church
Even as there are calls tonight to try to unify, there are still more protests planned across the Triangle in the coming days and weeks.
Some of Trump’s supporters have been frustrated to see the reaction to his win.
“I honestly think it’s ridiculous. We have elected somebody as a country. We all just need to stick together,” said Summer Baker. “Right now, if other people in the world are looking at us, they’re seeing how weak and divided we are.”
Dr. Harshaw pointed out some in the community “are feeling anxiety and fear” based on policy proposals and comments made by Trump during the campaign.
In an interview on 60 Minutes, Trump said, “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back, but certainly don’t be afraid.”