Our featured speaker at our Lower School and Middle School Chapels was Grade 3 teacher Crystal Buffington. As well as being one of our newest teachers at St. Patrick’s, Ms. Buffington is also preparing for ordained ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary. Ms. Buffington offered a powerful and thought-provoking homily, reflecting on the famous story of David and Goliath from the Hebrew Bible and on the life and legacy of Dr. King. Ms. Buffington spoke of how, as the humble David stood up to Goliath with just five small stones, Dr. King similarly took his own five stones of love, truth, prayer, dreams, and vision as he faced the giants of his own day. As Ms. Buffington remarked, we are still facing those giants now—racism, oppression, poverty, and attacks on human freedom and democracy—and she invited us all to reflect on how we, too, can follow David’s and Dr. King’s examples in the pursuit of freedom and social justice.
With beautiful contributions from our Music Department and our Grades 7 and 8 Choir and readings, prayers, and musical guest appearances by students and faculty and staff from across the school, we were reminded of our own collective calling at St. Patrick’s to love our neighbor and work to end racism and to serve our school, our city, and our country as we work for peace. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Chapels last week and made our tributes to Dr. King such vibrant and powerful experiences.