An Open Letter from the 威斯敏斯特图像轴承委员会
In the time since his remarkable life and death, many leaders in the church have affirmed Dr. 马丁·路德·金.'s mission and vision as aligning with God's heart for the church and the world. 约翰•派珀, pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, draws from a variety of texts in his description of a multiethnic, 多样化的, 基督统一的身体:
基督创造了万物. 他支持一切. He bought a multi-ethnic people by his blood. He rose bodily from the dead, and he is making us one. 所有这些，而不是其中的一些，都是他的荣耀. Hold fast to the whole glory of Christ, you who are young. And God may grant that we who are older will look down from heaven and see better days (Piper).
The catalyst for the Image Bearing Committee was John Murray, Founder and President of Imago Dei Leadership. He spoke to the entire 巴黎人官方网登录网址 community, 教师, 工作人员, 董事会成员, and students in January 2020 about the importance of truly reflecting God's image. 该委员会由行政人员组成, 教师 and 工作人员 members whose united goal is to ensure that 巴黎人官方网登录网址 best embodies our second core value. 作为巴黎人官方网登录网址核心价值观的基础, the second rests upon the idea that “every person is created in God’s image.” Mr. Murray challenged our 工作人员 to conduct an internal audit and answer if we are living out our school’s mission. Thus, the 威斯敏斯特图像轴承委员会 was formed.
We as a Committee are committed to creating a positive change on the 巴黎人官方网登录网址 campus. We want all of our students to be heard and feel represented. This is a grand undertaking that is not easy to implement, and results are not instantaneous. 在过去的一年里, 巴黎人官方网登录网址作为一个团体见面, 倾听对方的心声, 了建议, 为巴黎人官方网登录网址的使命和目标祈祷. We placed an effort on making sure the members are equipped with the know-how to run our new Committee. 成员出席了虚拟研讨会, 基督教教育多元化联盟, 从5月7日到6月30日每周. This helped us learn from other schools and how they have and continue to work through social issues through a Christian lens.
世界上发生了这么多事, the Committee could not have been formed at a more opportune moment. Moving forward, we have established our end goals such as:
- structuring February programming blocks to center around Black History Month
- equipping our teachers to effectively discuss cultural diversity in a healthy and godly manner
- working with school counselors to assist in equipping students to handle cultural differences well
I am so excited about all that is happening behind the scenes with the Image Bearing Committee. I believe that our mission best aligns with Revelation 7:9, which paints a glorious picture of a future in which 'a great multitude that no one [can] count, 从每一个国家, 部落, 人们和语言, [stands] before the throne and before the Lamb,' praising him in our beautifully 多样化的 unity. 巴黎人官方网登录网址 has the heart behind this mission, and the Image Bearing Committee is working to put these ideas into practice.
- Christine Zhang, 中学 English Teacher
Now more than ever during times of uncertainty and political unrest, we must keep our focus on Jesus and see all God's children as His image-bearers. We started an Image Bearing curriculum in the 8th grade last school year, 创建了一个“OK to be Really”...十月的小教堂演讲月, 推出了一个性别, 比赛, 能力, 文化, 经济地位(G.R.A.C.E.) Forum last fall, and developed a 巴黎人官方网登录网址 board-approved political party campaign policy. I am excited that 巴黎人官方网登录网址's core values challenge us all to see everyone as true image-bearers of our Heavenly Father, distinctively different and created for a specific purpose.
As we look forward to the future we are excited to see how God will work in and through the Image Bearing Committee. Please join us in prayer as we endeavor to educate ourselves and our community about what it means to be an image-bearer of God.