‘THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE’
New Diversity Committee at WC seeks to establish Kingdom unity and equality
As Jesus prayed for all believers in John 17, he said, “…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you…may they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (vs. 21a, 23b). Jesus’ heart for us as believers is that we are united in Him. It is to this end that WC endeavors to promote a genuine community among our students and families.
Our school is not immune to the tensions and splinters painfully apparent in our broader society. A major component of what we believe a Christian education is meant to produce is a body of people who are able to thoughtfully apply theological and biblical ideas to our world’s problems, out of love for God and love for our neighbor. Worthington Christian School is committed to playing our role in developing this kind of people.
One step WC is currently taking to move in the direction of racial equality and reconciliation is the development of a diversity committee. This committee is currently comprised of WC parents, administrators and a board member, who have been meeting periodically for the last two months. According to Head of School Troy McIntosh, this committee has three main area of focus: supporting our students of color by recognizing that racial inequality exists in ways that affect each of them, developing parent and staff support to address issues related to racial equality, and considering whether school operations promote barriers that may exist for people of color.
This committee is being spearheaded by WC parents Michael and Achea Redd. As a parent of two current WC students, Achea Redd has had an initiative like this on her heart (and in talks with school administration) for years. Given what’s been taking place in our nation over the last year, she and the school administration felt like the time is right to move forward with a unified effort to bring awareness to the school community.
The Redds assert that WC’s new diversity committee is not about politics or a particular cultural movement, nor is it just a right-now agenda. This committee seeks to address issues of diversity and equality over the long-term life and vision of the school using a balanced, spiritually-based approach. And it’s not just about one particular race or group—the committee strives for there to be balanced representation of WC’s diverse student body. With students from Asian, African, Hispanic and American backgrounds, there is certainly a seat at the table for all to be represented.
The committee seeks to foster open dialogue—in love–among the diverse people who make up the WC community. Achea Redd affirms that this must ultimately be a work of the Holy Spirit, implementing divine strategies to tackle what can feel like an overwhelming task.
Achea explains, “WC is a biblical picture of the Kingdom of Heaven—everyone can be a part, everyone has a valuable role to play, and we need each other. We are all children of God. We have the opportunity to be a place of equality for all and equip our children to go into the world and be better.”
The WC diversity committee is interested in adding more members of WC to its existing group. If you would like to be a part of this collaborative, contact Achea Redd.