We are Community-builders when we actively pursue and build communal shalom – when our classrooms are communities of grace, and when staff and parents unite to nurture faith and understanding of the world in which we live. We are community builders when we participate in the Terry Fox run together as an ECDP-9 school, when our older elementary students read with our younger elementary students, and even when families come together in fun and festivities during BBQs and open gym nights. Doing life in the Kingdom without other people is not an option.
One of the most well-known Biblical metaphors is that of Christian community and the body. We need all the parts to work together in order to experience health and true flourishing. However, just as maintaining a healthy body is not something that happens by itself, shalom does not happen without careful attention to our activity…or lack thereof.
Our students need to learn and experience that community is built through our engagement, attitudes, words, working through conflict, and acts of kindness. This is something that we all need to learn. We are all called to be community-builders!