ACU focuses daily Chapel session on national tragedy


For immediate release
Sept. 11, 2001

Abilene Christian University students, faculty and staff gathered in Moody Coliseum Tuesday morning to pray and reflect on the tragic events of terrorism that took place earlier Tuesday morning.

ACU's usual daily assembly was set aside as a time of prayer and reflection on the Christian perspective of such an incident, as well as a time of mourning and consolation.

Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, addressed students along with a time of singing and prayer. On-campus counselors gathered afterwards to help students who had been affected by the tragedy.

"With this large concentration of people in the ACU family, we will no doubt have some who will be personally affected by this tragedy," Money said. "I would urge all of us to be sensitive to them and minister to them in the spirit of Christ."

This semester, ACU has 11 students from New York. Many others have friends and family in those areas, and many ACU alumni and friends live and work in both New York and Washington, D.C.

Money also urged compassion and caution in reacting to such events.

"Keep the mind of Christ as you draw conclusions about this great national tragedy," Money said. "At this point we do not know who the perpetrators are. As they are identified, we need to take care that we do not irrationally generalize that all people from a certain part of the world or a certain religion are murdering terrorists. We have on this campus students from more than 60 countries in the world. I want ACU to be a place where they feel welcome and accepted in the spirit of Jesus Christ. I have confidence that such will be the case."

Several events have been canceled for this evening but classes will continue as scheduled.

Counselors remained available throughout the day to assist students affected by the tragedy and plans are being made to aid victims in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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