Giving thanks and celebrating diversity

While the rain fell gently on the Quad, students, faculty, and staff stayed warm inside Ketchum Auditorium and Wirth Theatre for the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Circle.
 
“We at St. Andrew’s are especially grateful for the diversity of our community and for the unity within that diversity – a tapestry of humankind,” said David Stewart, Coordinator, Student Engagement and Wellness.
 
Nowhere was this diversity more on display than in this morning’s multi-faith, non-denominational celebration. Students provided readings and prayers of thanks, all from their individual faiths and recited in their native languages. Students shared in Arabic, Hebrew, German, Finnish, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, French, and English from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, African, and Anishinabe traditions. It is a beautiful way to pay tribute and show respect to all students at the School, where this year boys attend from 29 countries, including Canada.
 
Mr. Stewart reminded the boys to be humble, kind, and grateful, and challenged them to take time today and in the coming days to think of all the things for which they are thankful. He closed telling the boys to “make your life spectacular.”
 
The Thanksgiving Prayer Circle was introduced 18 years ago by former SAC Chaplain, Rev. Bruce Roffey, and has become a time of thoughtfulness as we head into a long weekend dedicated to thanks.
 
Story by Nicolette Fleming
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