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Biblical Unity at Heritage Christian

Diversity at Heritage Christian


Biblical Concepts of Unity, Diversity, and Community





UNITY

The biblical concept of unity refers to a harmony of spirit and attitude and deep enduring sense of belonging marked by love of one another through Jesus. Unity includes peace and solidarity, freedom from conflict, dissension, division and strife and incorporates mutual concern, care and acceptance. Unity is predicated on love and creates a singleness of purpose that combines individual members into an integrated whole.

(Rom 12:3-11; Phil 2:1-5; Rom 14:1-15:13; Tim 2:24; Eph 4:11-16,32; Rom 15:5-6; 1 Cor 12:4-30; Mark 12:31; John 13:34)


DIVERSITY

Biblical diversity is the condition in which Christ created us to be unique from one another, while all were created in His likeness for His glory. God’s people are multiethnic, multiracial and multicultural. To reach the world for Jesus, biblical diversity is required. The gospel sets the foundation for racial and cultural reconciliation. Diversity that originates in God’s creation and plan is good, while diversity as a human invention distorts God-ordained variety.

(Rev 7:9; 1 Cor 12; Rom 14; Gal 3:28; Heb 13:7-9; 1 John 2:19; Eph 2:14-22)


COMMUNITY

The biblical-theological concept of community is the alloy of unity and diversity. A diversity of individuals held together in unity by a common bond in Christ. True biblical community combines both unity and diversity in harmony.

(Rom 15:5-7; Eph 4:1-6, 13-16; Rom 12:3-5; 1 Cor 1:10; 1 Cor 12:29)

It is within the greater context of Biblical Unity that Biblical Diversity rightly appears. Biblical Unity is maintained by utilizing one’s unique and diverse gifts, gender, and ethnicity to form the body of Christ. Biblical Unity must be centered on unity in Jesus, first and foremost, recognizing the Word of God as our ultimate authority.






Office of Biblical Unity



Objectives & Responsibilities:

• Establish the Office of Biblical Unity to provide a direct organizational link to executive leadership (i.e. the CEO and Leadership Team) on matters related to biblical unity

• Provide valuable and desired perspective on school issues

Questions? Contact us at OBU@heritagechristian.net.





Multicultural Awareness Campaign
(MAC Project)



The Multicultural Awareness Campaign (MAC) is a campus-wide diversity initiative that began in February 2021 to celebrate all of God's people and the amazing contributions they have made to society. All across campus, students are seeing, hearing, and reading about individuals who have helped to build and enhance this great country. We are regularly highlighting people in history, people actively giving back to our communities right now, and even people in our own Heritage family that are doing great things for the Kingdom.

(Heritage students selected diversity among athletes as the initial focus for the MAC initiative. As this initiative progresses, a variety of topics and people will be highlighted.)


MAC Project Introduction

Students Tyranny Brown (Black Student Union President) and Asher Thompson (Student Council Philanthropy Director) introduce the Multicultural Awareness Campaign and the heart behind the project.

Sun Yang: Olympic Swimmer

In this video, HCS swimmers Dominic Minatel and Austin Carter discuss Sun Yang, the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal in the Olympics for swimming. 

Roberto Clemente: Baseball Player

In these videos, we learn about Roberto Clemente, a baseball player born in Puerto Rico, from HCS baseball players Andrew Wiggins and Asher Thompson, and through a puppet show for our elementary school students.

Sydney Leroux: Soccer Player

In this video, HCS soccer players Caroline Curnutt and Tamia Stott discuss U.S. Women's National Team soccer player Sydney Leroux and the importance of diversity in soccer.

Jim Abbott: Baseball Player

In this video, Dr. Angela Ruiz-Pearce teaches our elementary students about what diversity means through a fun and informative puppet show. They also learn about Jim Abbott, a one-handed pitcher!

Jeremy Lin: Basketball Player

In this video, our elementary school students discuss Jeremy Lin, the first Asian-American basketball player who won a championship.

Kenny Washington: Football Player

In this video, HCS football players Zach Schloemer and Garrien Sharp discuss Kenny Washington, the first African-American football player in the NFL.

Simone Biles: Gymnast

In this video, HCS cheerleaders Kate Floberg and Jadyn Johnson discuss Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time.

Li Yan: Ice Skater

In this video, our elementary school students learn about Li Yan, the first Chinese athlete to make it to the Winter Olympics.