A Community Message of Unity
Yesterday was a sad day for our country and our city. Hours after Georgians elected their state’s first Black and Jewish senators, rioters mobbed the Capitol, invoked a white supremacist history, and waged a shameful attempt to negate the presidential election. In the wake of political rancor, racist violence, and a devastating pandemic, we are called to remind our community and our children that words matter, respect matters, civility matters, democracy matters. Many questions need to be answered regarding the event and the federal response to it. We must guide and care for our students as they explore these questions, affirming our Quaker values of non-violence, equity, and justice.
To that end, we hope to make spaces for our community to come together. As a school, we are holding Meetings for Worship and discussions for teachers, staff, parents, and students today and this week. Additionally, we are working on a schedule of called meetings that will be open for alumni and our full community. While a full schedule and invitations are forthcoming, please save the date for Monday, January 11 at 7 p.m. for the first meeting.
Please join me in holding our country, city, and community in the Light, with the hope that justice will be served and peace will ensue.
Head of School
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