Oneness in Christ
A year that began with a global pandemic and racial unrest did not catch God by surprise. This year has been full of challenges for all but not equally for all. Some have experienced loss as a result of COVID. Some have endured racial tensions. Many have experienced anxiety in new and uncomfortable ways. God in his sovereignty knows our plight and is ever-present in our time of need. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalms 46:1).
This week marks the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd. His death, along with other African-Americans, sparked a level of racial unrest not seen since Martin Luther King's time. For COVID and racial unrest, TPCS made a significant effort to be prepared and manage through these times.
During the summer of 2020 a group of our families who have children of color, approached the administration, and asked how we are equipping our staff and students on the topic of social equity. We quickly formed a Cultural Intelligence task force made up of parents, administration, and board members. TPCS engaged the services of a consulting group called Mosaix out of Little Rock, Arkansas. In the fall, Mosaix took all of our faculty and staff through a Cultural Quotient assessment. This assessment concluded with a six-hour professional development training on November 30. Mosaix led us through the results of our evaluation and where we as a faculty and staff can grow. We discussed the multiple aspects of cultural intelligence and how responding without cultural sensitivity diminishes our ability to carry out our mission.
The TPCS Board of Directors also completed the assessment and professional development this spring and has agreed to continue funding these efforts for school employees and our Cultural Intelligence task force which will complete the training later this summer. The board continues its efforts to expand its cultural intelligence by joining our leadership team and school families in reading Ben Watson's book Under our Skin, a book about getting real about race relations. If you are interested in joining the book reading, please reach out to Melissa Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
These are challenging times. When faced with challenges, I always turn to the Scriptures. Psalm 133:1 says 1 How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity! We are called to unity amongst believers because of our oneness in Christ. Galatians 3:28 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. So, as we go our separate ways this summer, let's remember our unity and oneness in Christ.
We pray for safety, rest, revitalization, and unification this summer for all our TPCS family. We love you and look forward to coming back together in August to start a new year unified around our efforts to provide an excellent Kingdom education for our students.