Koinonia is defined as Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians. This word, from the Greek word κοινωνία, popped into my head this week along with “community.” I get to be a part of this koinonia throughout the day, and I see it happening all over campus. Moms stay behind after drop off and pick up to chat with one another. Dads stand near my gate and converse while we are in Lauds. Teachers meet for lunch to laugh and share fellowship. We even went out to lunch together on Friday!
We have many opportunities to be in community with one another here. Sports and extracurricular activities offer parents lots of fellowship time (depending on who’s playing, of course. I mean, I never talked to anyone if my sons were on the field!). Moms in Prayer meets weekly to pray over our school and specific teachers, classes, and prayer requests. Team Agape works to ensure that our teachers are encouraged and can enjoy time together (and they feed us on our birthday!). The Abundant Families ministry offers weekly encouragement, constant prayer, and lots of support to our parents. These are just a few examples. There are many more.
1 Peter 4:8-11 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
What I have already grown to love about Veritas is that we are like a family. We all love one another and we are all united in mission, much like parents are like-minded in their philosophies and beliefs about raising children. Do we always agree about the minutiae? No. But this is normal in a family. And because we are united in Christ, we can keep our eyes on Him and continue to press on together to give Him all the glory and honor He deserves.
In koinonia with you,