Letter to the community: July 27, 2020
Dear Members of the TMI Episcopal Family,
We are writing to you on behalf of the TMI Board of Governors to express our full support of the Equity Task Force and living into this year’s theme. Since early June, our nation has had to re-awaken to the unfinished work of racial justice and equity. The increased awareness of violence and injustice against persons of color has revealed again the deep wound of institutional racism and inequity that persists within our communities.
As an Episcopal school founded upon “values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ,” TMI regularly challenges our students “to develop their full potential in service and leadership.” We are proud of this heritage of forming servant leaders and believe that our mission calls us to lead and serve in the larger community by promoting and practicing Christ-like values of compassion, reconciliation and justice. TMI’s theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “Love your neighbor,” which we wholeheartedly support and commend to you.
“Love your neighbor” is easy to say, but as we all know, it can be difficult to live. “Love your neighbor” is one of Jesus’ greatest commandments, and is the bedrock of Judeo-Christian teaching and practice (Luke 10:25-28). We learn about the Love of God for all persons from the first book of Scripture, when humanity is created in God’s own image in Genesis, to the last book of Scripture, where God heals every person and wipes away their tears in Revelation. And because all persons bear God’s image and are beloved by God, then each person is worthy of respect and dignity and love.
TMI has long sought to build a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and families based upon love and respect for others. TMI has been blessed and made stronger by students from across San Antonio, from all around Texas, and across the globe. We have worked to create an environment where all can learn to be compassionate neighbors and caring friends, celebrating a unity forged of diverse people and talents.
But, we also must acknowledge that we have not fully reached this noble goal. We have fallen short, and we can do better in addressing not only race and culture, but also gender and sexuality. We believe our students, faculty, staff, alumni and families have much to contribute to the hard work of social reconciliation and racial equity. We believe TMI can be a positive contributor to the healing of our beloved country, that we can uphold and celebrate the ideals of our nation, and we can work together to address the racial injustices and social inequities that afflict us.
In light of this opportunity to re-engage the struggle for justice and equity for all in our society, and fully committed to the love of neighbor in our school, we pledge our full support to our Head of School, administration, and faculty. We further pledge to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and other schools and organizations to promote the building of a more just society, as TMI continues to raise up students to lead and to serve.
We invite you, the TMI family, to join us as we work together to not only talk about, but also practice love of neighbor, both personally and institutionally. Help us become an inclusive community that truly loves our neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, sexual orientation, or faith practice.
During this school year, students, parents, and alumni will have opportunities to listen to each other’s struggles, discuss possible solutions, and act to promote the values taught by Jesus Christ, both within and beyond the school community.
We hope you are well and staying safe during this challenging summer, and we look forward to being on campus again where we can live into this year’s theme together.
May we grow in love for our neighbors,
Mrs. Carol Holmes
Board of Governors
The Rt. Rev. David Reed
Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas
Chair, Board of Governors