"Nothing is more important in education than being rooted in a school where each child is seen and more importantly, known and loved." - Darren & Kim Crawford (CDA Family).
In Life Together, author Dietrich Bonhoeffer explores the concept of Christian community, insisting that "Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this. Whether it be a brief, single encounter or the daily fellowship of years, Christian community is only this. We belong to one another only through Jesus Christ. What does this mean? It means, first, that a Christian needs others because of Jesus Christ. It means, second, that a Christian comes to others only through Jesus Christ. It means, third, that in Jesus Christ we have been chosen from eternity, accepted in time, and united for eternity."
Life in the community of Coram Deo Academy has given our family the treasured gift of Christian love and grace. With a son as a junior and a daughter as a sophomore in high school, our family is most grateful for the spiritual growth we have experienced during the past nine years in the CDA community.
When we moved our children from public school to CDA, my husband and I were very young in our Christian journey. We were also anxious because we did not have a strong background in studying the Bible. We felt intimidated, insecure, and unequipped compared to those at CDA who made praying, serving and collaborating seem so easy. Yet we knew in our hearts that we were committed to providing our children with a life-giving, spirit-filled, Christ-centered education, one where they would learn that they were “fearfully and wonderfully made by God.” (Psalm 139:14) Like Bonhoeffer described, Christ placed a desire on our hearts, led us to CDA, and knitted us into its community.
Thankfully, we have been surrounded by supportive teachers, staff and families who have generously shared their Christian knowledge, talents, patience, love and grace. Year in and year out, we have watched our children remain eager to discover more about God’s infinite power and character.
Their passion for learning stems not only from what they are taught, but how they are taught. Through CDA’s classical Christian curriculum, we have been abundantly nourished, and the university model has provided us “family time” filled with character-building experiences and unforgettable joys.
Nothing is more important in education than being rooted in a school where each child is seen and more importantly, known and loved. Pastor, theologian, and Christian apologist Timothy Keller argues, “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
What a perfect way to describe life together in the Christian community at CDA.