Greetings KCA Families,
Thanks for a great 2019-2020 school year! Praise God for His provision and protection for our families, students, and faculty throughout this school year. Over the next few weeks, I hope to keep our school community updated on issues that all concern us. Soon I will answer questions regarding COVID-19 and our plans to re-open school in August. Today I will address the recent national racial unrest.
Living and working in a diverse community (St. Mary’s County, KCA) compels me to pause and reflect on the outpouring of national unrest we have witnessed these past few weeks. Articulating these thoughts has been difficult.
It has been painful to see the spotlight cast on the violent and unjust treatment of members of the black community across our nation. This illustrates the long, historic struggle for racial equality for the black community in a nation founded upon the principle of freedom for all men.
We acknowledge that the founding principles of our nation, while based upon unalienable rights granted by God to all people was in practice not extended to members of our black community and this failure casts a dark shadow upon our heritage, our faith, and our God.
We affirm that all lives are infinitely valuable (John 10:10b, Psalm 139:13), created in the very image of God (imago Dei, Genesis 1:27), including our black community. For this reason, we condemn the excessive use of force by law enforcement, especially that which results in humiliation or the loss of life. We also condemn any violent protesting, which threatens lives and livelihood.
We affirm the right to protest injustice publicly and peacefully. We stand for equal justice before the law for all people and pray for mercy before God.
This national unrest is eye-opening to some of us and presents an opportunity to practice our faith as never before. The solution to discord is the Gospel, not a white Gospel or a black Gospel, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Racism, mistreatment, violence, injustice, humiliation, and meanness can be found in each of us. For the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)? Only the blood of Christ can change the heart.
We commit to do more to pursue the well-being of our community and our nation (Jeremiah 29:7) by loving ALL our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:13-15) as Christ commanded and demonstrated (Mark 12:30-31). We pray for repentance. We pray for peace. We pray for healing for those affected by police violence. We pray for protection, integrity, and the families of those who faithfully and sacrificially serve our communities as law enforcement officers.
Much more can be said and needs to be said about these issues. Let us be people not only of words but also of actions. I am available to discuss this with anyone who wishes. Happy Juneteenth!
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
James W. Harris
We know that during this COVID-19 crisis, keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy is of the highest priority for you. We want you to know that it’s of critical importance to us too.
We never like restricting access to our camps, but during crisis like this sometimes we don’t have another choice. Unfortunately, this is one of those times. With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the wisest and safest thing we can do, is to cancel summer camp for the 2020 season. Even though we do not like making this announcement, we feel that it is in the best interest of all of our campers and their families and our summer camp employees. Also, with the ongoing COVID-19 CDC restrictions we are unable to provide the quality camp we pride ourselves in and our campers enjoy.
We will begin processing refunds, please allow 4-6 weeks to process.
Thank you to all of our loyal summer camp families for waiting patiently for our decision. We are as disappointed as you are to have to cancel, but we are already planning ahead for next summer. Be on the lookout for communications from us throughout the year for new and exciting camps to come!
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to seeing you all next summer!
Director, KCA Summer Camp