Last Sunday in many churches around the world it was Holy Trinity Sunday, a time when we celebrate the three part understanding of God in the concept and images of the Trinity. We can envision it in so many ways from the traditional, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; to the illuminating image of The Sun (s-u-n), the Light of the Sun, and the Warmth of the Sun’s Rays; to the more organic image of the Root (God the Father), the Shoot (Jesus), and the Fruit (God the Holy Spirit).
It was this last imagery that I was thinking about as I walked with our students to Old St. Anne’s Church today reflecting on the Classes of 2016 (and 2012 who are celebrating their high school graduations this week and next). My mind shifted to the triune role of the process of a St. Anne’s education. At St. Anne’s we strive to provide students with the healthy roots of faith and hope that they can make a difference in the world and the strong roots of solid academic skills that lay the foundation for more challenging and diverse levels of study. The shoots that grow up from those roots with the careful nurturing of caring teachers and parents are constantly being tended, trimmed, and trained to stand strong and to continue to thrive. As I watched our 2nd - 4th graders belt out the songs in our hymn sing today, I saw such promise in those young “shoots.” The fruits are the result of a community of caring and challenge and are evidenced in the promise of our graduates as they leave our school (and their high schools) to be planted in new places where they will grow and thrive even more. With apologies to the traditional Trinitarian theologians out there, being with our children in that sacred space, and then heading over to watch five of our alums graduate from St. Andrew’s later this morning, gave me a fresh way of thinking about the trinity of Roots, Shoots, and Fruits.
If you want to see more of the “fruits” of a St. Anne’s education, the graduation of our largest class in the school’s 14 year history is open to all families. If you are curious about the traditions of our graduation chairs, if you want to hear the four student speakers share their reflections, or if you want to hear the Middle School Chorus perform one last time, please come join us. The program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3 in our air conditioned gymnasium.