April 21, 2021
Dear Faculty and Families,
As you have likely seen, the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial reached a verdict of guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd. As we contemplate the significance of this judgment, I want to take a moment to pray for Mr. Floyd and for his family and friends, who have courageously shared their grief with the world.
Any loss of life is cause for mourning and reflection. The violence and injustice of Mr. Floyd’s murder prompted far more than that. As a school and as a nation, we entered again into a renewed conversation about race and justice. This conversation has been at once painful and illuminating, challenging us to examine our values, both as individuals and a community.
We turn again to our mission, which affirms our belief that all creation is sacred, and our commitment to an educational community that reflects unity in diversity: a unity of purpose and shared values among a population diverse in race, culture, and religious beliefs. This statement is our guide as we seek to serve our students and prepare them academically and morally for the future.
I hope that you will continue to engage in these conversations with us, with one another, and where appropriate, with your children. We pray for peace for those in conflict and solace for those who mourn.
Prayer for Social Justice, From the Book of Common Prayer
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace.