‘A time to simply be together’

Just three and a half hours after a life-changing lockdown was announced, the SPU community met to pray. Almost 1,000 people filled First Free Methodist Church in the pews, the balcony and extra chairs on the stage. They stood in the foyer and along the walls of the sanctuary. When there was no more space, […]

Jon Meis shares open letter

The following letter was written by Jon Meis and distributed to students, faculty and staff via email on Monday morning. A senior engineering student at SPU and an Otto Miller Hall building monitor, Meis is credited with subduing Thursday’s shooter with pepper spray. He was physically unhurt but sent to Harborview Medical Center for examination. […]

Community grieves, reflects at memorial service

In the aftermath of a fatal on-campus shooting, hundreds of voices rang out from First Free Methodist Church on Friday afternoon. Mere blocks from the shooting scene, students, faculty and staff, and community members filled the church with words of prayer, worship and lamentation. Though teary-eyed while singing hymns, attendees sat in front of flickering […]