As I write this note, the Heritage campus is quiet. Thankfully, that’s about to change.
On Labour Day, September 6th, we will welcome the new and returning college students moving into our residence halls. I’m looking forward to meeting these new students and their families as they arrive on campus. I’m also anticipating the Service of Dedication we will hold outdoors on Monday afternoon; it will be a time to commit ourselves to the Lord for the new school year.
I understand this new school year comes with many COVID complications. I also realize Christians differ on how to best respond to the regulations issued by our government and public health officials.
At Heritage College and Seminary, our desire is to lead with love and act with integrity. We are seeking to obey the biblical command to “be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2). At the same time, we are seeking to respect the different viewpoints and convictions held by Christians (Romans 14:1-23). It’s our desire to treat one another “in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).
Our deep desire is to make this year about Christ rather than COVID. We want to elevate the unity we have in Christ Jesus above the secondary matters that can divide us. We want our campus to be a safe and healthy place, both physically and spiritually.
To this end, Heritage will follow the new regulations issued this week for all post-secondary schools. While vaccine passports are not required to attend Heritage, students who are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose this information, will need to take rapid antigen tests provided on campus. We will endeavour to make the process as easy and private as possible. If you have concerns, please know that our team will listen to them and respond in a way that speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
I would ask you to join our faculty, staff, and student leaders in praying for a year of great spiritual growth and ministry preparation. More than ever, we need to raise up godly spiritual leaders for Christ, His Church and His global mission.
Dr. Rick Reed