Responding to a deadly shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday that left one person dead and three injured, Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya has issued a call for prayer by the people of The United Methodist Church. The dean of Seattle Pacific University's School of Theology is a United Methodist. The school was founded by Free Methodists.
In the wake of the tragic shootings at Seattle Pacific University, I would ask everyone to pray for the students, faculty and school in the coming days. This tragedy underscores the wake of violence we are witnessing nationally, and it hits home when it is in our own backyard. May we not only pray, but take action to make our society a safer place. In speaking with the Dean of the SPU’s School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Doug Strong (an Elder in the United Methodist Church), he asks for our prayers and for local clergy to be available if counseling presents itself in the wake of this tragedy.
Bishop Grant Hagiya