We meet this afternoon in this place of meeting. It is a place of celebration and a place of encounters. Our year at King’s-Edgehill, too, has been about encounters with ideas and actions, about encounters with God and with one another, about encounters with the things that challenge us and that take us beyond ourselves. Only so, can we be more and be more for others.
There have been the encounters with other athletes and other teams, encounters that are about contest and competition, about striving to win. No one wants to lose. And yet in the battles lost and won, there is a further encounter. We encounter things about ourselves, about character and responsibility, about compassion and strength, about determination and service. Dignity and respect are big terms that belong to the educational project at the school. They are learned in and through these encounters.