After a Wawa robbery
After the Wawa convenience store on Germantown Avenue at Allens Lane was robbed December 3, it didn’t take the seminary community long to perform a ministry of public presence for the store and its employees who for years have fed the seminary community with a steady diet of tasty hoagies, sandwiches, and coffee.
According to a television account, the store was robbed at 3:30 am by a perpetrator who said he had a gun. The robber left the store with an untold amount of cash and was still believed to be at large as of this writing.
“Wawa is a part of the seminary culture and community,” explained seminarian Inger Hanson, who helped to organize a thank-you card response. After chapel the day after the robbery the seminary group of students, faculty, and staff assembled briefly in the store, singing “Lord, listen to your children praying” followed by an expression of gratitude by Hanson. They also offered prayer.
“We wanted to create a new memory to drive out the trauma of the robbery,” Hanson explained, “to help the employees who have served us well reclaim their work space.” She urged the seminary community to especially consider buying their lunch at the Wawa store that day.
“I was so proud that this expression came out of our ‘Life Passages’ course and to see how students have been so powerfully impacted by the public theology focus of our seminary,” said Professor Karyn Wiseman, who teaches homiletics at LTSP.
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