We Are Westridge
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What is Grace?
by Elizabeth J. McGregor, Head of School
Administrative planning meetings are now in full swing as we prepare for the return of our faculty next week and students shortly after. I shared this passage, “What is Grace?”* at one of our opening meetings and would like to share it with all of our community as we prepare for another year together. Grace is often narrowly interpreted to mean elegance and class, and it has very specific meanings in many religions. However, I was moved by this passage from a broader, secular perspective. Grace can be a state and ease of being that is both personal and about our consideration for and interactions with others. It seems particularly relevant at this time - when as educators and parents we can strongly encourage our students, your daughters, to be reflective, compassionate and inclusive. The frantic pace of life that we all lead, the social upheaval and injustices that we witness every day on the news, and the uncivil discourse and invective that is associated with our current political climate, make it even more essential for us to “lean in together” to show that there is another way of leading one’s life - that is more mindful, balanced and purposeful. Grace is a state to which we can all aspire and one that with commitment, we can find.
*Aronson, B.C, editor. Grace: Quotes and Passages for Heart, Mind and Soul, Random House, New York, 2006.
“What is Grace?”
Grace takes on many forms.
For some, grace is forgiveness and
kindness. For others, grace is elegance
and class. For those who are religious,
grace means God’s grace, a state of
love and mercy. For all, grace
represents a state of being that
transcends the ordinary and makes
us more understanding, more
loving, and more dignified.
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