Is there a purpose to all of this?
If you are just reading this blog, welcome. Recently, I have been writing about worldview. For two reasons:
1) A particular worldview is what distinguishes each of us from the other. It is what makes us different. As a Head of School, I want to be sure I articulate what makes my school and me different from all of the other choices out there.
2) I am passionate about ensuring each of us understand and are able to articulate how we answer the big questions of life.
Today, I would like to explore what academics call Teleological Beliefs. Simply, the question it asks is, “What purpose, if any, does the universe have?
Well, does the universe have a purpose?
You could, obviously, answer with a no.. You may believe that the universe has no goal or desired end other than what its inhabitants choose to establish and pursue.
Or, you could answer, yes. Alternatively, you could believe that there is some purpose. Other worldview elements will dictate who or what gives that purpose.
If the universe has a purpose, whose purpose is it?
If you believe that the universe has no purpose, then of course this question is a moot point. But, if there is a purpose, that purpose must be assigned by someone. Dr. Funk (2001) refers to this as a “purposive Agent”. Most people recognize this “purposive Agent” as God, while others attribute this to several deities or superior being(s).
In the Christian worldview, this is an important answer that must be given. The Christian, and Christian school, must understand that God has given purpose to His creation. Ultimately, it is to glorify him. Therefore, everything that is part of the person or action, such as education, must exalt the one true God. Of course, other religions do this. However, Christians have a distinctive answer and particular purpose dictated by Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 10:31 NIV)
“And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’ (Matthew 22:35-40 NIV)”
What is the purpose of the universe?
I would hope the answer is that you believe in God. Because, if you believe that this purpose is unknown, even unknowable, then there is no grounding or foundation. The belief in a purpose and a God who subscribed this purpose provides the full answer. Other beliefs are proven to be inconsistent and riddled with challenges. To say the least, in a Christian view, do not provide a way to escape the eternal consequences nor give value to life.
“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.” ―Winston S. Churchill
Perhaps you believe that the purpose of the universe is by nature the complexity or each person/thing being interconnected with the other. Or, maybe, like Nietzsche, you believe that humankind has outgrown the need for a god. Perhaps, you may believe that there is no more purpose to the universe than simply the happiness of all that inhabit the planet. I would challenge each of these views of having some fundamental faults that deny the reasonable explanation of God. (Funk, 2001)
What are the implications?
If the universe has no purpose, then we have no obligation to fulfill. This leaves society to impose obligations upon us that change as culture changes. Ultimately, there is no accountability. Everyone can do whatever they want without any regard to the other. See, in the end, our actions or thoughts cannot be judged; because, there is no marker to judge against if we hold this no-purpose stance. (Funk, 2001)
In a Christian worldview, there is a test. Does it match the Maker’s plan and purpose or not? If it does, good. If it does not, bad. Then, there is a direct link between right and wrong. If there is a Plan or Purpose to the universe we may have an obligation to think and act consistently with it. This provides life meaning in its context.
The decision is which way do we want to live? A Christian school emphatically emphasizes a plan and purpose on the grand scale, the personal scale, and everything in between.
Funk, K. (2001, March 21). What is a worldview? Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~funkk/Personal/worldview.html. Essay Series
The Partner Teacher Fellowship exists to assist the school with events directly related to our children, projects that the teachers and school wish to accomplish, and as an opportunity to unite the body of the school. The PTF is a volunteer group made up of the parents, grandparents and teachers. There’s nothing to join. No mandatory meetings or commitments. Simply jump in wherever your interests lie. Our school is growing and we’d would love to have your participation!
Email the Partner-Teacher Fellowship to inquire about any of these activities/events. PTF@SalemChristian.org [/expand]
All grades work closely with the teacher to meet needs of the class
Being involved in your child’s classroom is a great way to help! Room parents, at the direction of the teacher, coordinate parties, seasonal events, reading help, classroom projects, photocopying, supply preparation for projects and much, much more. Even if you do not want to take a coordination role, you are welcome to help!
Parents volunteering in the classrooms must have a current background security clearance. Please contact the school office for more details on this very quick and easy process.
2 Helpers for 2 Hours Contact the school office
Two helpers are needed to work with teachers to help younger students right before their pictures are taken. The photographer usually offers two helpers each a 50% off your picture purchase coupon. Check with the office to determine if they are continuing this.
This is a day dedicated to making the Grandparents feel special! There are several events going on around the school that day. The PTF is responsible for the luncheon. This includes coordinating the setup of the room layout, decorations, tableware, food service, and clean up. The coordinating of the menu and food prep is already in place for this event.
Elementary Christmas Store
Volunteers needed for setup, assisting shoppers, wrapping
This is a fun event! Moms stockpile the tables with inexpensive new items that our elementary school students can purchase for their family members. Volunteers help the students shop, stay focused and on budget, restock tables, check out students and wrap their purchases. Contact the PTF if you are interested in helping with this event.
Christmas Fine Arts Program
Spring Fine Arts Program Thursday, May 16, 2019
Coordinators Needed Volunteers Needed for Baking, Setup and Cleanup
Fine Arts Program
Elementary Literacy Night
This is a fun family event to get everyone reading! In years past we had tents, campfires, smores, superheros, pizza, and lots and lots of reading. Come to the planning meeting to hear what this year has in store!
Salem Showcase and Open House
The Showcase events usually take place during the school day. Portable bagged snacks and water are typical. Creatively decorating the welcome table is encouraged! The Open House is a more substantial event. Coordinators should plan to recruit families for baked goods, setup and cleanup.
Help with greeting families and students to the school. Directing prospective parents and students during the evening events especially. You can contact Mrs. Beres at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to help with this aspect.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Coordinator Needed Volunteers Needed for Luncheon
One of the most fun events to plan needs a coordinator! This is a week set aside to show our teachers how much we appreciate them. The possibilities are endless. A special luncheon is on the lineup. Coordinator(s) have the option to set up theme days for students to participate. The sky’s the limit.
School Community Service Directory
Services Directory Ongoing – Can be found on the school website
We have developed a directory of services owned by or which employs a member of the SCS family. If you would like your business listed, please email the PTF. Students offering services are also encouraged to list their interests. Although, the school does not endorse these businesses; for your convenience, we are sharing the list of connections within our school community.
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator is year-long
Coordinates with room parents and teachers to accomplish designated tasks.
New Student Orientation
Coordinate welcome luncheon for the families of the incoming new students.
Back To School Night
Coordinate light refreshments for families attending Back To School Night.