Thursday, March 22, 2012

From the Chaplain, Rev. Gary Taylor

Our theme for Lent this year of "Being the Change you Want to See" took us this week into interesting territory. We celebrated Naw Ruz, the traditional new year celebration of the Baha'i tradition that
corresponds to the Persian New Year on March 21. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. The Baha'i faith is a fascinating one, founded in 19th-century Persia with a profound emphasis on the spiritual unity of all humankind. The main message of their founder and prophet, Bahá'u'lláh, is one of peace between all people, based on the fundamental belief that all people are of value and worthy of respect. This echoes the vow that is part of the baptismal covenant in the Episcopal tradition to "strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being." It also mirrors the core values of St. Anne's school: respect, responsibility, and compassion.

It is so helpful to remember that the core values of our school and of religious traditions familiar to us are fundamentally universal in the world. It offers all the inspiration not only to strive to be better
people, but also to work for a better world. As we consider in our community how we can positively change the world, it is so encouraging to know that many others around the globe from vastly different walks of life also aspire to the same ideals.

Due to parent conferences next week we will not be holding regular chapel services on Thursday, March 29, but we will return the following week with our traditional Tenebrae service in anticipation
of the great Feast of Easter. Additionally, we continue with our optional weekly morning Eucharist services on Wednesdays at 7:30 in the library. All are welcome!

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