We’re back! After a brief hiatus for The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the AOC team is back in action and ready to build on the important work we did in Salt Lake City.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
We were blessed to have 11 leaders of AOC member partnerships with us to share our stories with church leaders from across the country. We spent four days together talking about the amazing work our members do and connecting to others who participate in or want to start their own church-school partnerships. We found many new friends and stories and are overwhelmed with the amount of support we found for our resolution and continued growth.
As we wait for our resolution, B005: Quality Public Education for All to move through voting in the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops we are reflecting on the experience of getting to know so many new people at Convention. And it makes us realize that it’s only by knowing our members and supporters that we can continue to build AOC into a meaningful and valuable network for all those working with partnerships.
As one of our members who was with us in Salt Lake City shared:
We all want to be known because God wants to be known. Many of us do this work because we know the students want to be known; not as a test score, or an immigrant, or a poor kid, but as Ramon, Amber, Faith or Del. I have stories of kids from our partnership who thank us time and again for taking time to get to know them as people.
I think this was our motivation this week for our work too. We want to be known. We want to be known, because God wants to be known working through us. We want to be known because we want others engaged in partnerships to know where to go for community. And, we want the church to know that the church, through All Our Children, is answering the call to form these partnerships with public schools to enact changes to bring equity to the system.