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Union University prays for victims of terrorist attacks

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 11, 2001 – Union University students, faculty, staff and administration met together in chapel to come together and pray for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentegon as well as President Bush and the country as a whole.

Jim Huggins, professor and chair of Union University's biology department, leads in prayer in a service held Tuesday morning in Union's chapel where students, faculty and staff gathered to pray for victims of the terrorist attacks and for the country.

Jim Huggins, professor and chair of Union University's biology department, leads in prayer in a service held Tuesday morning in Union's chapel where students, faculty and staff gathered to pray for victims of the terrorist attacks and for the country.

“This is very much a Pearl Harbor kind of day,” Todd Brady, minister to the university, said as he addressed the somber faces of the university family. Students filled the aisles, kneeling on the floor as several faculty and staff members led in prayers of confession, dependency on God and acknowledging this sorrowful time.

“There are a few times in our lives when things happen and we don’t know what the response should be and the only thing we know to do is to pray,” said Brady.

Already reports are beginning to trickle in as students are trying to find out about loved ones who worked in the World Trade Center, or near the areas that were attacked.

Faculty members are making their own decisions about classes. Brady said that all of the professors he has spoken with are taking their classes as opportunities to pray and talk about the crisis with their students.

“This is something that causes you to stop and really reflect on reality,” said Brady. “It puts life in perspective.” Brady said he is encouraging students not to go on as this is a “ ‘life is normal’ day – but to recognize this as a pivotal time in history and what God will do with this.”

“Today is certainly a tragic day in the life of our nation,” said Union President David S. Dockery. “Our prayers go out for our president and those who will make key decisions in behalf of our country. Likewise, we extend our sympathy and prayers to families affected by the events of this day. We trust God’s protection and guidance for this country, for our campus, our students and their extended family.”

For more information regarding passengers on American Airlines or United Airlines planes involved in the terrorist attacks, please call the following: American Airlines, (800) 245-0900; United Airlines, (800) 932-8555.

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Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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