HONORING THE DIVERSE BODY OF CHRIST
As a Christian institution with a Christ-centered mission, Mount Paran Christian School believes it is our biblical obligation to lead our students in modeling all that Jesus has commanded in Mark 12:30-31.
WHAT IS CommUNITY?
MPCS is committed to becoming an environment diverse and inclusive in a way that reflects God’s Kingdom. Human and financial resources are allocated to assist in establishing leadership, driving professional development, and cultivating a Christ-centered environment, both welcoming and nurturing. The CommUNITY Task Force (CTF) is leading the charge at MPCS in teaching and guiding students to love all people and to learn to celebrate our unique differences.
JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
PARTNERSHIP IN CommUNITY EDUCATION
Through a three-year relationship with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, MPCS teachers and administrators from various divisions attended an all-day workshop about race and racism conducted by Teaching Tolerance called "Confronting Implicit Bias: Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom." The workshop tackled the importance of identity, assessed comfort level in talking about race, prompted awareness of our own implicit bias, and gave tools and resources to facilitate healthy conversations with others.
This workshop was the first of many that MPCS faculty and staff will attend. The center will also host MPCS seminars and opportunities for students and families to visit and learn more about diversity and inclusion in our country and the world.
In order for our students to thrive in a multicultural world, they must learn, understand, and come to appreciate the impact of culture itself. As a school, we are dedicated to building a more multicultural curriculum that prepares our students for global citizenship and helps them to understand the significant historical experiences and basic cultural patterns of different ethnic groups. Through a biblical lens, our curriculum looks to address contemporary issues and the social problems confronting them, while exploring the experience and personal lives of different individuals and/or groups these issues and problems affect.
CAMPAIGN FOR CommUNITY
New lamp post banners adorn the MPCS campus this year. Each new banner was designed by a different MPCS high school visual art student. Their original artwork embodies their interpretation of specific Bible verses, chosen from God's Word about our commUNITY. To keep the MPCS family focused on what truly matters, the school has adopted a theme of “Love One Another” for the year. These are visual reminders on campus of what God has to say about loving all people. Each verse is inclusive of the diverse body of Christ and God's love for every one of us. His instruction is clear, and our call is to obey His commands in our treatment of His children. Special thanks to the MPCS high school visual artists who dedicated time over the summer to complete the CommUNITY series banner works of art.
|Love One Another – C. Monroe||Seek Justice – N. Roberts|
|Stand Together – C. Finch||Be Compassionate – H. Meilstrup|
|Live in Harmony – B. Hawkins||Have Courage – H. Abernathy|
|Be One in Christ – C. Pulley||See as God Sees – C. Kalichack|
|Value Others – M. Westbrook||Let Your Light Shine – R. Harvin|
SHARING FAITH OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE
Mount Paran Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, birth gender, protected disability, national or ethnic origin, genetic disease or disorder, or protected age in the administration of its admission, academic, athletic, financial aid, and employment policies.
The CommUNITY Task Force (CTF) consists of MPCS faculty and staff members who represent the various disciplines and divisions in the school community. The taskforce is led by Catina Taliaferro, Director of Diversity and Inclusion. CTF has developed a multiphase plan focused on ensuring our school community is united as it seeks to represent the Body of Christ:
- collecting data from the MPCS community to identify opportunities to strengthen cultural unity
- evaluating institutional practices, policies, curriculum, and traditions to ensure they are welcoming and inclusive with no unintentional bias
- identifying and implementing ongoing training to equip faculty, staff, and other constituencies
- formulating messages which value cultural differences
The CTF efforts to date include the following:
- staff participation in race awareness workshops
- increased hiring of diverse leadership and staff to guide school efforts
- establishment of a taskforce to develop awareness, understanding, and action strategies
- engaging a consultant research group to gather and analyze community data
- collaboration with other schools
- development of culturally relevant field trips
- investment of task force time in researching purpose-driven literature and films
- raising student awareness of the international student experience in our culture