Making sense of senslessness

Parents of Treyvon Martin speak out on the death of their son

  One evening, five years ago, two parents knew one thing to be true: their son was shot and killed at 17 years old. “It was just unfair,” the mother said, regarding the trial that followed the murder. SPU’s Black Student Union traveled to Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday to hear Tracy Martin and Sybrina […]

Discussing God’s intent for female body

Both faith and sexuality explored

Despite different backgrounds, five women decided to discuss God’s intention for the one thing they all have in common: the female body. “I believe in my full heart that God hardwired us for connection and pleasure,” author Tina Schermer-Sellars said at an event at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, Feb. 9. Accompanying Schermer-Sellars at the […]

Facing trials with faith

Student’s journey from Ethiopia to SPU

Ephrata M. Siyum recalls one night in 2012 when Nancy, the “head girl” of her Kenyan boarding school, Le Pic High School, approached her dormitory and addressed the group of girls. “She said, ‘I feel like there’s something bad gonna happen. We need to pray,’” Siyum said, recounting the moment. “And we actually did pray,” […]

Present controversies explored

Gillespie speaks on intersection of faith, race, politics in modern-day America

When confronting political controversies relating to race, Andra Gillespie believes differences in opinion can be boiled down to one thing: definitions. “People disagree about their definitions, and, because they disagree about their definitions, they approach issues very differently,” she said. Gillespie, an associate professor at Emory University in Georgia, spoke to SPU students on Friday, […]