Thursday, June 5, 2014

Praying for Seattle Pacific University

Prayer Requested After SPU Shooting

Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin speaks to the media after a shooting on the SPU campus. [Seattle Pacific University photo]

Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin speaking to the media after a shooting on the SPU campus. [Seattle Pacific University photo]
Free Methodist Bishop Matthew Thomas is requesting prayer after four people were shot Thursday, June 5, at Seattle Pacific University. Seattle police reported that one victim, a 20-year-old man, has died as the result of his injuries.

“We are asking all members of the body of Christ to pray for the safety and healing of the entire Seattle Pacific University family. Pray for the victims and their families,” Bishop Thomas said. “Please pray that God’s presence becomes palpable on campus and that SPU becomes a safe place in the future and known as a place of peace in the world. Pray for President Dan Martin and his administration, that their next steps reflect justice, truth and grace. And pray that this kind of violence that plagues our nation ceases.”
The SPU website stated Thursday afternoon that the campus was “in lockdown due to a shooting in Otto Miller Hall.” The university’s Twitter account later reported that the lockdown had ended.
According to a Seattle Police Department statement, “One person was killed and three others injured Thursday afternoon after a lone gunman opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University. Police have one suspect in custody, an adult male who was subdued after being pepper-sprayed by a student security guard. No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting. All of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 20-year-old male victim died at the hospital. Another male victim was reported in stable condition. In addition, one woman had life threatening injuries and another woman was reported in stable condition. More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Seattle police stated on the department’s Twitter account that SPU students can gather at Gwinn Commons with grief counselors available for students and staff.

Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions

The above was copied from the Free Methodist site here.

The Free Methodist Church and The Wesleyan Church are the closest denominations to my own denomination, the Church of the Nazarene.  They both share membership with the Church of the Nazarene in the National Association of Evangelicals, the Christian Holiness Partnership, the Global Wesleyan Alliance, and the World Methodist Council. 

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