Petition

Below you’ll find the petition sent to the administration on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

We’re continually updating the petition with more and more names!  Email alumni.haven@gmail.com to get on this list.

Still no word from our school’s leaders!  We’ll keep you posted.

Photo Credit: SPU

Photo Credit: SPU

Photo Credit: SPU

Dear President Eaton, Vice President Steele and Associate Vice President Jordan:

We are writing to you today to express our deep disappointment in your recent decision to end the ongoing conversation between Seattle Pacific University and the student group Haven. We believe that this decision fundamentally conflicts with SPU’s mission statement which states that “Seattle Pacific University seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.”

We demand that SPU offer Haven official club status and award it all the rights and responsibilities of other formally-recognized student clubs within the University. We are not asking merely for “special privileges” that give Haven the opportunity to meet in common areas on campus, but rather that Haven be allowed to enjoy full club status. We believe that Haven has demonstrated a commitment to refrain from asking SPU to change its stance on homosexuality and has served to provide a necessary place of conversation and refuge for those who identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities as well as those students who are exploring how their own theology relates to homosexuality.

You will be receiving letters from many of us in the coming weeks. As SPU alumni and community members, we are frequently given the opportunity to support SPU financially; we feel it is necessary to communicate to you that SPU’s oppression of Haven has and will continue to prevent many of us from making these financial commitments to the university. As long as SPU refuses to offer full club status to Haven, we will refuse to donate our financial resources to SPU.

For many of us, this has not been an easy pledge to uphold. We are saddened by SPU’s treatment of Haven because this is not the SPU we knew when we were students and hoped to support following our graduation from the university. While attending SPU, we were greeted daily by the words of the prophet Micah as we entered campus: “What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” We ask SPU: Has the decision to segregate Haven been one that exemplifies the kind of justice, mercy and humility Micah referred to with these words? We think not.

We, the below mentioned, sign our names as proof that openly LGBTQ students are and were a part of the SPU community. You cannot silence our voices through the devices by which you have tried to silence Haven.

  1. Grant Rehnberg, 2010
  2. Brian Prunty, 2010
  3. Eric Andrew Hoff, 2005
  4. Emily Warr, 2009
  5. Spencer Max Sutherland, 2011
  6. Melissa Roberts, 2008
  7. Taryn Lee, 2007
  8. Megan Robinson, 2009
  9. Rachel Willey, 2010
  10. Randi Pedigo, 2008
  11. Jennifer Gist, 2010
  12. Emily Marsh, 2006
  13. Aaron Roberts, 2011
  14. Ian Klein, 2008
  15. Mike Zetterberg, 2009
  16. Eric Mill, 2007
  17. W.Chase Hills, 2007
  18. Christopher Hanson, 2007
  19. Pierce Wade, 2007
  20. Aaron Hicks (Veteran), 2014
  21. Erin Walrath, 2007
  22. Olivia Pryor, 2009
  23. Kyle Johnson, 2009
  24. Jordan Grace, 2006
  25. Rick Szeto, 2002
  26. Justin Rusk, 2010
  27. Rob Sesser, 2008

We, the below mentioned, sign our names as proud allies to the LGBTQ students who did and continue to make our lives richer as vital members of the SPU community.

  1. Kelsey Ryland, 2008
  2. Mark Dailey, 2007
  3. BrittaLisa Gess, 2008
  4. Nate Berends, 2009
  5. Mallory Maddox, 2008
  6. Jessica Susan Vehorn, 2008
  7. Paige Morgan, 2000
  8. Kelsey Kjosness, 2010
  9. Allison Demmert, 2007
  10. Roy Culver
  11. Michael Shriver, 2007
  12. Alexander Paulsson, 2008
  13. Kathleen Talbot, 2010
  14. Kayla Beckman, 2009
  15. Katherine Steensma, 2010
  16. Marla DeKlotz, 2007
  17. Brian Gregory, 2007
  18. Carissa Lemos, 2009
  19. Alexa Megna, 2009
  20. Emily Sheldon, 2005
  21. Kyle Wharton, 2007
  22. Laura Easley, 2010
  23. Kerri Kline, 2008
  24. Elizabeth Azarow, 2009
  25. Lindsey Beach, 2010
  26. Alex McCauley, 2010
  27. Christina Duckworth
  28. Brent Miles, 2011
  29. Kelsey Hoffman, 2008
  30. Emily McCormick, 2014
  31. Nathaniel Rogers, 2011
  32. Micaella Verro, 2009
  33. Tyler Anders, 2011
  34. Natalie Alfaro, 2010
  35. Cornelius Frantz-Deppe, 2009
  36. Shauna Frantz-Deppe, 2006
  37. Caitlin Wasley, 2009
  38. Zachary Williams, 2008
  39. Tiffany Reimergartin, 2007
  40. Kyle Reimergartin, 2008
  41. Cynthia Swain, parent
  42. Katie Whorall, 2011
  43. Katy Williams Gibson, 2011
  44. Ann Bebb Scranton, 2000
  45. Elizabeth Andes, 2009
  46. Brad Nelson, 2010
  47. Joy Béthune, 2011
  48. Katharine Hall, 2011
  49. Zion Greenlee, 2011
  50. Michelle DeBruyn, 2006
  51. Trevor Scranton, 2000
  52. Giavana Margo, 2011
  53. Christine Widstrom, 2009
  54. Lauren Wilford, 2013
  55. Laura Fitzwater, 2005
  56. Jessica Henson Cagley, 2005
  57. Sarah Barton, 2009
  58. Alissa Walter, 2008
  59. Lauren Craven, 2008
  60. Jessica Miller, 2009
  61. Elizabeth Martinez, 2009
  62. Kathy & Gary Rehnberg  Parents, 2010
  63. Brian Halcomb, 2005
  64. Alicia Temple, 2009
  65. Megan Giske, 2007
  66. Elizabeth Brown, 2005
  67. Jonathan Cook, 2004
  68. Becky Crook, 2002
  69. Rachel Liberto, 2008
  70. Sarah Oloya, Friend of HAVEN
  71. Anna Marie Milgate, 2010
  72. Cynthia Spencer, 1987
  73. Lauren Parke, Friend of HAVEN
  74. Carly Ralston, 2007
  75. Dan Caster, 2005
  76. Amanda & Darick Baker, 2005
  77. Laura Hoff, Friend of HAVEN
  78. Torin Thomas Schaafsma, 2008
  79. Tim Mathis, Friend of HAVEN
  80. Patrick Nygren, 2008
  81. Chris Berzac, Friend of HAVEN
  82. Emjoy Gavino, 2004
  83. Andrea Mullen, 2007
  84. Greg Jones, 2008
  85. Julianne Williams, 200
  86. Carol Shisler, 1989
  87. Alissabeth Newton, 2000
  88. Janelle Rash, 2009
  89. Chelsea Jamison, 2010
  90. Heather Canby, 2012
  91. Klarrisa Frank, 2009
  92. Rani Ban, 2011
  93. Joseph Ban, 2010
  94. Matthew C. McGrath, 2010
  95. Brittany Sweet, 2009
  96. Casey Cagley, 2006
  97. Melissa Parks, 2006
  98. Megan Stearns, 2011
  99. Marshall Brown, 2009
  100. Hilde Holgate, 2010
  101. David Rither, 2005
  102. Ryan Smith, 2006
  103. Jessica Linnenkohl, 2009
  104. Monica Rosso, 2010
  105. Kaylee DiMaggio, 2009
  106. Jamie Spiro, 2006
  107. Rachel Ellis Hammer, 2007
  108. Courtney MacNealy, 2005
  109. Josh Anway, 2009
  110. Allie Fraley, 2008
  111. Rev. Monica McDowell Elvig, 1987
  112. Leslie Jensen, 2007
  113. Alicia Hoffer, 2007
  114. Abigail Stahl, 2008
  115. Alisa Bradford, 2007
  116. Alissa Baier, 2007
  117. Kelly Almon, 2007
  118. Tyler Santoro, 2010
  119. Katie Dimas, 2009
  120. Rachel Kincade, 2010
  121. Nicolle Simon, Friend of HAVEN
  122. Laura Colby, 2007
  123. Tim Bauerle, 2008
  124. Karen France 2005
  125. Maisha Seebeck, 2009
  126. Alicia Stacy, 2010
  127. Alida Madany, 2010
  128. Jane Stroebel Gregg , 1988
  129. Autumn Clark Swihart, 2006
  130. Brendan Clark Swihart, 2006
  131. Holly Beckman, parent 2009
  132. Nicholas Swenson, 2010
  133. Calvin and Linda Hoff, parents of SPU graduate
  134. Lara Musser, 2012
  135. Matthew Rose, 2012
  136. Ryan Closner, 2011
  137. Stacey Donnell, 2008
  138. Kathryn Klug, 2006 and former SPU Professor
  139. Brittney Crandall, 2004
  140. Kate Harris, friend of HAVEN
  141. Sarah Harris Warren, 2006
  142. Katie Joy Blanksma, 2010
  143. Meghan Mullarkey, resident of Seattle and close friend to many SPU graduates
  144. Michael Keene, 1990
  145. Ben Pinneo, 2008
  146. Melody Firman, 2011
  147. Megan Wurster
  148. Rachel Schneider Vlachos, 2006
  149. Nathanael Vlachos, 2005
  150. Hilary Severin, 2012
  151. Hanna Oltean, 2008
  152. Sabrina Chacon
  153. Nathan Knapp, 2011
  154. Ellen TerWisscha, 2007
  155. Jonathan Bartsch, 2007
  156. Megan Bartsch, 2008
  157. Mandy Weiland, 2011
  158. Ben Warren,  2006
  159. Grace Miller, SPU student 2007-2009
  160. Sarah (Fisher) Suitter, 2009
  161. Tyson Conner, 2011
  162. Jennifer Garcia, 2006-2008
  163. Davis Winslow, 2011
  164. Gwen Erickson, 2011
  165. Johanna Portinga, 2009
  166. Heather Sibet, 2009
  167. Jennifer Olson, 2009
  168. Sarah Baggs, 2011
  169. Holly Harris Wood, 2010
  170. Megan Peterson, 2010
  171. Kayla Wilkins, 2012
  172. Kelsey Hudson, 2009
  173. Rachel Woodbrook, 2007
  174. Aisha Dayal, 2011
  175. Jackie Chaney, 2010
  176. Lindsey Killebrew, 2011
  177. Stephanie Wallen, 2008
  178. Corbin Sheffels, 2009
  179. Shane Menold, 2011
  180. Daniel Kessler, 2009
  181. Amanda Stevens, 2012
  182. Kristina Ingles, 2011
  183. Molly Tellers, 2011
  184. Emily Yelencich, 2009
  185. Alyssa Sutherland, 2012
  186. Heidi and Peter Holdorf, parents of SPU graduate
  187. Alex Park, 2010
  188. Aimee Sibet, 2007
  189. Kylie Bauer, 2009
  190. Rebecca Malech, 2012
  191. Shiho Fuyuki, 2009
  192. Ayshea Swan, a supporter of the Haven group and acting President of the GSA from MMCC in Mt. Pleasant, MI
  193. Karin Eklof, 1998
  194. Brandon Couch, 2009
  195. Heidi McElrath, 2012
  196. Megan Leatherman, 2008
  197. Gabe Meyer, 1999
  198. Stephanie Vis, 2013
  199. Allison Morgan, 2012
  200. Amy Selland, 2011
  201. Samuel Henager, 2012
  202. Caitlin Smith, 2007
  203. Hope Estes, 2013
  204. Brooke Beckwith, 2009
  205. Olivia Hamilton, 2011
  206. Christopher Hanson, 2007
  207. Dusty Henry, 2012
  208. Wesley Chase Hills ,2007
  209. Mary Wise, 2011
  210. Kristin McGunnigle, 2009
  211. Lindsay Holladay, 2008
  212. Lacey Brown, 2003
  213. Taylor Burgoyne, 2012, Friend of Haven
  214. Ben Carson, 2009
  215. Meredith Holladay
  216. Jordan Grace
  217. Aimi Wallberg, 2012
  218. Grace Nichols, 2006
  219. Ben Adam Climer, 2009
  220. Ashley Sutherland, 2007, proud sister and friend
  221. Elaine C. Pearce-del Rosario, 2001
  222. Avery Matro, 2010
  223. Jordan Bonney, 2012
  224. James Wilson Williams, 2005
  225. Brianna Hiser, 2003
  226. Joey Gonder, 2007
  227. Kate Jordan, 2008
  228. Laura Marie Davis, 2004
  229. Catherine C. Gipe, 2010
  230. Anthony M. Trujillo
  231. Charity Oremland, 2004 -GROUP and RHMC & M Ed. 2011

232.            Tami J. Askren Supporter LGBT rights
233.          Monica Wandro supporter of equal rights
234.    Leslie Leber,1991 –  ASSP Officer (1989-1991)
235.    Matt Leber, 1991 – RHMC
236.      Hailey Spencer -supporter of equal rights.
237.     Sherri (Aman) Barksdale 1989, Peer Advisor, Moyer Hall President, SPU Singer
238.     Olivia Hamilton, 2011
239.    Kyle Leitch, proud Friend of HAVEN and boyfriend of SPU student
240.    David  M. Van Hofwegen, 2009
241.           Lauren Elizabeth Willey, 2012
242.     Melissa Knudson, 2007 B.A., 2011 M.Ed.
243.    Kristin McCarthy, 2010 B.A.
244.    Alyssa Newton, 2010
245.    Carter Swanon, 2010
246.    Andrew Hays, 2010
247.    Scott Merilatt, 2010
248.    Nicholas Jacobson, 2007
249.           Jarrett Mylander, 2008
250.           Angela Little, 2005
251.    Katie Litzenberg, 2010
252.           Julie Hubbard, 2012
253.           Bertram Johnson, Friend of Haven
254.          Bradford Schroeder, Friend of Haven, Proud boyfriend of SPU Alumn
255.    Elisabeth Schaffer, 2008
256.          Sarah Herrman, 2009
257.          Brittney Beamer, 2010
258.          Rick Dickinson, 1992
259.          Kimberlee Cleveland, 1992
260.          Michael Crowley, 1992
261.          Benjamin Kaspar, 2009
262.          Keith Montgomery, 1981
263.          Lindsey (Willis) Hays, 2007
264.          Anthony Dulay, 2002

The final letter has been sent! We highly encourage you all to write a letter to administration, though, in addition to (or if you couldn’t sign) this letter.Thanks for your support!

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