The month of February is always a special month, as we recognize our love for each other on Valentine’s Day. It’s also a month where we demonstrate love for one another by celebrating the rich history of the Black community in Canada and across North America along with the contributions that they have made to advance our society.
This is a particularly important time to come together to celebrate and have meaningful conversations, especially in light of the events that have taken place over the past year. The death of George Floyd and many others have highlighted some of the inequalities that still exist in our modern culture. While our postmodern society claims it has come a long way, the reality is that discrimination, racism, and inequality are still rampant. First and foremost, we still have a sin problem and have failed to recognize the inherent value we have as human beings created in the image of God. The theological concept of, “Imago Dei”, points to the special relationship that God has with humanity, both in terms of the intentionality of design and the relationship of care He has with each of us. It highlights that we are all equal, created by God, and cut from the same cloth and essence.
The way for us to create a better, more equal culture is through the transformation of the heart in Christ. Martin Luther King Jr. concluded that “By opening our lives to God in Christ, we become new creatures. This experience, which Jesus spoke of as the new birth, is essential if we are to be transformed nonconformists … Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.”
Part of loving one another is also being known by God and by one another. Leading Christian psychiatrist Dr. Curt Thompson summarizes that “It is only when we are known that we are positioned to become conduits of love. And it is love that transforms our minds, makes forgiveness possible, and weaves a community of disparate people into the tapestry of God’s family.”
This month, our desire is to make some of the accomplishments of Black Canadians and Americans known to better understand their contributions with the end goal of loving each other more deeply and serving a hurting world that needs God’s light and work of restoration. We will be highlighting contributions to science, the arts, politics, the church, and more. Our hope is that it will lead to meaningful conversations that help us to move forward and enrich our sense of care and community at Trinity.
J-D Lussier, Principal