Hopes

The juxtaposition yesterday of two special events were occasions for learning, reflection, gratitutde, and new hopes. Teachers arrived on a gray morning of pouring rain to find neon green signs affixed to our doors with words of appreciation and descriptions of our roles in students' eyes. The proctors had organized these for Teacher Appreciation Day. Then we discovered that they had also arranged a special milk and cookie Tuesday, a dorm tradition, in the dining hall after school for us as well. Also, Martin Rumscheidt, theologian and scholar of the Shoah, was our visitor for morning meeting and morning classes. Martin is the person everyone wishes they could talk to about the painful legacy of the Holocaust and its meaning for us. He is open to deeply personal questions as well as to highly intellectual queries; indeed, part of hsi gift is in the way he relates the two realms. Martin mentioned that he had never met a Jewish person until he was 18 and had emigrated to Canada. Looking around the room, I was able to see students from fifteen nationalites, and different religious and ethnic backgrounds. The experience of appreciating each other, listening to each other, sharing discussions, meals, celebrations, and difficult historical problems: all this gives me hope.

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