Anti Racism Response
Civil Rights: Listen, Learn, Love, and Pray
Dear NorthPointe Family,
We are grieved by the recent acts of racism that have impacted our African-American community and our communities of color. It is a painful reminder of how fallen we are and our dependency for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is also a reminder of the importance of our mission to equip our students to impact the world for Jesus Christ. The world needs Christ-centered change more today than ever.
Core to our Biblical values at NorthPointe Christian is our belief that each person is uniquely created in the image of God. How we treat one another is a direct reflection on how we treat the image of God. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We cannot honor God, follow Christ, and treat each other well if we remain silent as our brothers and sisters are treated unequally. We encourage you to use your voice to speak up for members of our community who feel voiceless, marginalized and alone.
NorthPointe Christian affirms the dignity of the African-American community in our school, our greater Grand Rapids community and our country. We acknowledge the hurt, fear and grief you are experiencing during these times. We lament with you, stand in solidarity with you, want to listen to you, learn from you and walk alongside you. Our hearts break with you over the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others and the injustices that are part of your lived experiences. As the body of Christ we grieve with you.
Our challenge to each of us is to seek God’s wisdom and discern the ways we can repent from the sin of racism, to humble ourselves and to love as Christ loves us. We want to encourage you to identify actions we can take today to create a just and more inclusive community. We also encourage you to have deep and bold conversations about what it means to live, work and learn in a beautifully diverse community.
We are thankful for the NorthPointe family as we celebrate our diversity and strive for unity. We value each of you, we would not be complete without you and we are committed to working each day to be more and more like the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us continue to live out the love mandate as given to us in Matthew 22: 37 - 40. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
As a Christian community, we encourage you to join us in praying during these challenging times for peace, for unity, for wisdom, for understanding, for justice and for healing. Pray for our brothers and sisters of color, our community, our country, our leaders, our police officers and our first responders. We pray with full trust that our Lord and Saviour will lead us to a better tomorrow.
We are committed to a Biblical community where all are seen and loved, regardless of race and ethnicity. We are committed to listen and learn from the experience of African Americans and all people of color. We are committed to continuing our cultural competency work with our faculty and staff.
Parents, please use these resources to engage in conversations with your children:
The Movie “Just Mercy” (currently free through June on a variety of platforms)
Coretta Scott King Book Awards
31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
Children’s books with characters of color
Christian resource: https://bethebridge.com/get-started/
A more extensive list of resources will be available on our website next week.
Todd N. Toslma
Head of Schools