We believe in children whose excitement and energy and creativity inspire us all to be more childlike in our lives and in our faith.
We believe in teachers and in their call to nurture and educate amidst increasingly difficult circumstances.
We believe in the grown-ups who wake up the kids, fix the lunches, volunteer at the schools and help with the homework.
We believe in friends and co-workers and neighbors who step in to help, encourage and triage when children are discouraged, parents are frustrated and teachers are weary.
We believe that books should be read, not banned, and that teachers should only be armed with knowledge of subject, love of kids and a wicked-good sense of humor.
We believe that schools should be places where children and their teachers and staff feel safe.
We believe and affirm that this school year will have challenges, but also triumphs.
We believe in the God who created us.
We believe in the Christ who knows what it is to be us.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who inspires us and infuses us with the strength to get up and do it all again each day.
We believe in the joy that belongs to us all. Amen.