June 4, 2020
Dear South Shore Christian Academy Students and Families,
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
This is our school verse. When I speak of our school verse, I regularly say that it is who we are, but more importantly, it is who we want to be.
It is who we want to be.
What does it mean to be a school that seeks to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly?
We are a school that is united in the condemnation of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We are a school that is united in condemning all acts of unlawful violence, a school that joins our voice with those decrying and lamenting the acts of unlawful violence perpetuated against people of color. We are united in condemning the sin of racism.
We must be a community that listens and acts when our Black and Brown brothers and sisters voice their anger and their pain. We must be a school that listens and acts when our Black and Brown brothers and sisters voice that their lives matter. We must be a school that knows it is only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that justice, mercy, and humility is possible.
Today, I commit to you again what I said last week in my video reflections, on our social media posts, and this past Tuesday during our community prayer, that I am committed to SSCA being a school that reflects a desire to be shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness found only in His cross, and the life found only in His resurrection.
As this school year comes to a close and we celebrate our students, and especially our graduates, as our students finish a year that demanded so much of them, we also turn our attention to next year. This also means setting our attention firmly on being a school that reflects Micah 6:8. I want you to know that we are committed to SSCA being a place that is safe for our students to converse about race, justice, mercy, and humility. Such a conversation must:
be broad, regular, welcoming, and inclusive
be both intentional in scope and sequence and responsive to the moment
allow for emotions, differences, struggles, and for growth
be formal and informal
occur in different ways
involve different people and different voices
ensure that the school is a sacred space where trust is held in highest regard and all students are respected
As an institution committed to the Gospel of Christ Jesus, all of our conversations must be shaped and informed by the authority of Scripture alone.
SSCA is not a perfect place. But we strive to be like Christ - both as individuals and as a community committed to Jesus and to reflecting Jesus. While the school year comes to a close, I welcome the the continuing of the informal and responsive conversations that have been occurring. I welcome and expect the listening to continue. The hard work must continue. Future plans to assist us in this process will be forthcoming. We are committed to Micah 6:8. I want to express my thanks to the students, parents, faculty, alumni, trustees, and friends of the school that have reached out in support of SSCA being a school that is committed to Micah 6:8.
At this moment, we focus on the students in our homes and in our virtual classrooms and their last week of learning, and we focus on honoring our graduates. Staying in the moment, staying in community, leaning in to the lives of our students.
When our campus closed on March 13 because of COVID-19, I encouraged each of us to choose one another. Let us continue to do so.
God is good. He is good all the time.
Mark A. Jennings, PhD
Head of School
South Shore Christian Academy
45 Broad Street
Weymouth, MA 02188