A Message from the Church and School

The tragic death of George Floyd and the many others who have died or been injured by the injustice we see occurring in our nation is heartbreaking and we pray for the families of those lost. We are committed to seeking justice and teaching equality, social justice, and full inclusion of all people in our church and our classrooms. As a church and school community, Good Shepherd strives to model this unity of all people and to fulfill the promise we made in baptism to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” BCP, 305. As new people created by the resurrection of Jesus, we are called to be a new sort of society, a community where all are treated with respect and dignity. The old, inherited identities of race and class are surrendered in response to the promise of new life in God’s kingdom, where, as St. John saw, “every nation, tribe, people and language” form a great uncountable multitude of those who have been reconciled and redeemed. 

God Bless,

Father Michael Mills Julie McLeod, Ph.D.
Rector Head of School
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Our own Chaplain Rhonda has provided the following prayer:

“May I offer the familiar words of Saint Francis’ prayer for peace. My prayer is that we may find a way to learn to embrace the depth of this prayer, and make it a reality, as a way to learn to live in love and peace. May we move forward in respect and dignity for all human life each day.” 

In peace, we pray,
Lord, make me an instrument
of your peace;
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
and Where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life.