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Worshiping Following the Trauma of a School Shooting

2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop


In June 2014 the campus of Seattle Pacific University experienced the horror of a campus shooting spree resulting in the death of one student, injury to two others, and trauma to numerous students, staff, and faculty. Hours after the shooting occurred, the Seattle Pacific community gathered to worship in response to the tragedy. This service would be first of many held by the community over the next four years. This session provides an overview of the vital theological, pastoral, educational, and practical issues for a Christian college responding in corporate worship to gun violence and communal trauma. The focus is on the role of corporate worship in healing, instruction, and public witness to the diverse community of a university comprising students, staff, faculty, and external constituents.

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