Celebrate spiritual strengths of all students
I have felt a need to write and let our community hear my feelings, since the "Baccalaureate Debate" began with my phone calls to the Woodinville Baccalaureate Committee.
I believe a Baccalaureate should represent all the students of a graduating class. Yes, it may be a little watered down on our beliefs, but we can always attend our own faith's services every week for our own spiritual uplift.
At a Baccalaureate, we should be able to celebrate the spiritual strengths of all the graduating seniors. If we want to recognize our own faith's seniors, we could have a private service for them.
Every spring, our faith has a service for our graduating seniors, who spend from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., every school day, for four years, at "Seminary" studying the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Woodinville Baccalaureate Committee is correct in stating our beliefs are different from theirs. We believe in the same God of the Old Testament Prophets and we also believe in the Jesus Christ of the New Testament. The difference is that they believe in one Triune God, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate personages.
The "Baccalaureate Debate" is not between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Woodinville Baccalaureate Committee. The issue here is that all students, regardless of faith, deserve to be recognized for their goodness.
"The Senior Celebration," on June 11th at WHS, is not a Baccalaureate. There was no time to put together a religious service for all the graduating seniors of 1996, but "The Senior Celebration" will be uplifting to all who attend. I am sure the Woodinville Baccalaureate Committee's service will also be very uplifting, and as WHS A.S.B. President, my daughter Rachel has encouraged her friends to attend both, if they want to.
For next year, when my son Brigham graduates, I hope any service with the name "Baccalaureate" will be more general and honor all the students' beliefs and spiritual strengths.
Dot Tomco, Woodinville