A Word From Mr. Satterly—October 26, 2017

A Word From Mr. Satterly—October 26, 2017

Dear WA Community,

Webster’s Dictionary defines community as “a unified body of individuals.” It seems to me that the key element rests with what in fact does the unifying. To put it another way, the real strength of a community hinges on the strength of what forms a unified body. In his book, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer noted: “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

Community, then, is an expression of action and affection, not just an idea or feeling. In recent weeks, our unified body of individuals has had ample opportunity to act by supporting hurricane relief to responding to the tragic death of Lily Pacienza. I am proud of how our school brought relief to St. John in the Virgin Islands and am deeply encouraged about how people have responded to Rob and Jen and the rest of their family in this time of loss.

Let us be a people who love so well that community abounds. In the end, we love as those who have been loved first—this is the strength of our community.

Grace and Peace,


Joel T. Satterly