December 2007

Year-end

For many people, year-end is a time of stock-taking—a chance to look back over the preceding months and measure the road traveled. For us, this year has certainly been momentous, with our School and Hospitals now being managed together as a Medical Center, plans for the new clinical facility set in motion, and a broad sweep of initiatives well underway across every facet of our work.

The end of the year is also a time of holy days for many of the world’s great spiritual traditions.  Our Medical Center community embraces members of all those traditions, along with others whose festivities fall earlier, and still others who adhere to no such traditions at all. But what unites us—and how powerful a unity it is!—is our shared commitment to alleviating suffering.

This season is a time to reflect on all the richness we gain from the varying beliefs and perspectives that colleagues from different backgrounds bring to our mission—a time to remind ourselves that diversity is a tremendous source of strength, and one that deserves not just respect, but celebration.

At this end-of-year, please accept my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.