Thursday, April 19, 2012

From the Chaplain, Rev. Gary Taylor

Thursday, April 19 is National Holocaust Remembrance Day, and with Passover concluding last week it was important that we journeyed together in chapel into the history of our Jewish brothers and sisters with a service around Passover for the younger children and a remembrance of oppression in its many forms with the older students. We were pleased to welcome the Rabbi David Kaplan as our guest to speak to the students out of his own tradition and help us to bring to mind the ways in which the community of humanity has been diminished when one group of people subjugates another. We are grateful for his wisdom and contributions!

Chapel next week focuses on Earth Day. The three services will be in the outdoor classroom (weather permitting) and we will hear some poetry and praise God in prayer and song for the beauty of creation. We will also remind ourselves of the need to serve as faithful stewards of God's gifts to us of the earth and all of God's creatures, made so vividly apparent to us in the bursting of spring.

We look forward to the beginning of May when we will celebrate Buddha's birthday and learn a little bit about the traditions and beliefs of our Buddhist brothers and sisters, understanding our differences and celebrating our similarities, all within the context of our community worship of God.

Please remember the Fifth Grade Spring Food Drive which concludes at the end of the month. As a new member of the St. Anne's community, I was overwhelmed by the generosity shown in our fall food drive. I am confident we will reach out to the needy in Delaware with even more compassion and kindness this spring. Thank you!

No comments:

Post a Comment