Dear NSCS Community,
Like many individuals around the country, the past couple of weeks have been filled with significant emotions. Coronavirus is one thing, but intentional racism and hatred is another. These sorts of activities conjure up an altogether different emotion. The events that took place around police activity in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests, riots, and hate crimes since Floyd’s death on May 25th, have been difficult to watch. How sad our Heavenly Father must be. He created all men and women as His special image-bearers who are highly valued among all of His creation. God created each individual unique, and each person possesses specific characteristics, talents, and ideas. In His infinite creativity, God also has allowed each of us to interact in a world that is filled with diverse people, and like all of His creation, we are to celebrate this fact, embracing it as God’s good and perfect plan for His creation.
Almost 70 years ago NSCS was established by an assembly of diverse persons who envisioned an evangelical Christian school on the North Shore that would open its doors to children of all colors and races, and in doing so the staff would value each child seeing them as perfect and holy representations of God’s creation.
We acknowledge that NSCS has been silent up until this point on this matter. We also recognize that silence speaks volumes in a time like today, and for that we apologize – we want our voice heard and we desire to listen, to understand, and to do better as we strive in our participation with others to be instruments of peace. More than ever before in our school’s history, we have before us an opportunity to demonstrate the original attitude in which our school was established many decades ago. To remain silent around these sorts injustices will mean to miss the opportunity to demonstrate our outrage, and our desire to see hatred and racism eradicated from our society and vocabulary. As believers in Christ, the time is now to take a stand and allow Christ’s example to permeate our thinking and doing. What is Christ’s example? Christ showed no favoritism. There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
True justice is taking on the mindset of making someone’s problems our own problems and doing something about it. Racial injustice in our country will never go away on its own. It will require the involvement and collaboration of all of us working together. We will need to listen to each other, observe, and learn how inequity is not only wrong, but it is outside of God’s plan for humanity and has limited the ability of many black individuals to rise above the many obstacles that have been laid in their path for centuries.
The North Shore Christian School will not condone racism and blatant injustice, and we, like many others in our county, desire to have our voices heard as we seek to demonstrate our solidarity and support of the black community. As a participant of a committee of educators from Lynn called, The Lynn Education District Partnership, NSCS has also supported the published statement produced by the LEDP. You may view this statement by clicking here.
Below is a list of truths from God’s precious Word that bears reminding now, more so than ever before in our country’s history. These non-negotiables are what have made NSCS distinctive among schools all these years, and they will be the truths that continue to guide us for decades to come. These truths are available to all our learning community:
– The Bible says in James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Therefore, NSCS commits to listening more to our students, faculty, and community.
– In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus tells us a parable of how we should leave the 99 sheep to find the 1 lost sheep. We should then rejoice when the one lost sheep is found. With this, NSCS commits to loving and supporting those in our community that are struggling due to racial injustice, cultural insensitivity, or other issues.
– NSCS commits to loving each individual as an individual part of our body; our family.
– As stated above, NSCS will not condone racism, prejudice, and injustice in any form.
– NSCS encourages our constituents to participate in being problem-solvers in their respective communities, and as the Lord leads them to do so.
– Finally, in Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus instructs us of two greatest commandments: Jesus replied, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. With this NSCS commits to loving God first and loving each other with humility and grace.
Our Administration and Board, along with our school family, thanks you in advance for your support as we seek to leave a footprint in our country that leads down a path of fairness and justice for all people and for future generations. Please feel free to reach out to one of us at any time with any questions or concerns. We stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ with the NSCS community.
Jerome Thomas Miriam Thomas
On Behalf of the Administrative Team, Board of Directors, and our School Families
Pam Heintz, Head of School and Jerome and Miriam Thomas, Parents of NSCS Students
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