As a Christian institution, we are deeply saddened and broken by the things we are seeing in our world. The tragic events that resulted in the senseless loss of life of George Floyd and others before him point to needed change. We recognize the pain, fear, and anxiety these events cause for many in our community, and especially for our African American students, families, staff, and alumni. We see you. And we stand with you against racial injustice as brothers and sisters in Christ.
As an academic institution, we seek to provide an education that not only cultivates the intellect, but nurtures and shapes the soul. And moments like this cause us as a school to reflect on the critical importance of preparing students to engage a fallen, broken world where racial injustice exists as a stark example of that need. Racial justice is a shared responsibility and requires active participation in a non-violent, constructive way. We are not perfect, but we are committed to model Christ’s life in valuing the very image of God in each and every person.
"As a Christian institution, we are deeply saddened and broken by the things we are seeing in our world.
As an academic institution, we seek to provide an education that not only cultivates the intellect, but nurtures and shapes the soul."
Randy Brunk & The CHCA Leadership Team
And we know that standing is not enough. We need action. We need continued dialogue and understanding. These past couple of years merely scratched the surface of the continued journey we are taking towards understanding and reconciliation. That is why it is critical that we continue conversations around race and diversity on our campuses – in parent groups, among faculty and staff, and among students. It is critical that we continue to equip our faculty and staff to foster and create the community we aspire to be. In 2019-2020, our Board of Trustees made Diversity one of the four key pillars in CHCA’s Strategic Plan. In addition to opening doors for conversation, understanding, and equipping, this includes focusing on diversity in enrollment, hiring, and marketing. Through this exercise, we must continue to examine ourselves as an institution and improve. As an imperfect community striving to reflect the body of Christ, we need to continue to create an environment where our student body, faculty, and staff of all racial backgrounds feel understood, accepted, and safe.
The picture of God’s Kingdom in Revelation is one of every nation, tribe, and people group around God’s throne. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2 about a New Humanity in which ethnic and cultural distinctions do not divide us because of our shared life in Christ. Until we can create that kind of community, living together in peaceful unity, our work is unfinished.