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To Our St. Mark's Families:
St. Mark's Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. This is the line that opens our mission statement and reflects the culture we practice and cultivate in our community. We embrace and celebrate our identity as an Episcopal school, nurturing the foundation of every person, while supporting the growth and education of each child, parent, and teacher. After all, we should all strive to be lifelong learners, and we are called to allow our viewpoints to evolve and grow. Through their lives at St. Mark’s, we seek to equip our students with the tools to practice inclusiveness, open-mindedness, a respect for all people and cultures, cultural sensitivity, and service to others. Just as we hope to impart these skills to our students, we too strive to be open to listening to the voices of others to aid in our own development.
As an Episcopal community, we strive for social justice, and we are appalled by the circumstances that led to the death of George Floyd and disheartened by the current crisis our country is facing. Mr. Floyd, and countless many others before him, lost their lives at the hands of those who do not innately value the humanity of each person. As children of God, every human deserves basic dignities, and we are forced to confront the institutionalized systemic racism that exists, and has existed throughout history. Our community is multi-faceted, and some of us could never understand the hurt that is felt by those who live as objects of bias, because we have never personally lived it. We can, however, speak out against it.
At St. Mark’s, we do not tolerate hate, rather, we call everyone to see God in the face of each of our brothers, sisters, and children. We are all people, beautifully created by a loving God, and it is each person’s unique beauty that can make us all better, if we choose to allow it. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely stated, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." I hope that you will join me in praying for our country, that we will learn to live together, and for our school community, that we will continue to seek opportunities to educate ourselves and our children as we work for justice.
Garhett Wagers and the Leadership Team of St. Mark's Episcopal School
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.
- The Prayer of St. Francis, The Book of Common Prayer