Thursday, 31 December 2015

Transforming Service Conference 2016

April 14-16 2016 - Brisbane

This is an invitation to educators involved in leading or organising service learning activities in Australian schools. The Transforming Service Conference will bring together Service Learning Professional from all over Australia to share a national picture of service learning activities and together on advancing the understanding of service learning and the foundations which underpin service encounters.

The Transforming Service Conference is an ecumenical initiative that recognises the rich variety of approaches to service across Australian faith-based school. The conference will focus particularly on secondary schools but recognises that many schools adopt a whole-of school approach to service learning. International; and cross-cultural service encounters will be a focus of discussion, alongside local endeavours.

Registrations are open now!
Venue: Australian Catholic University Leadership Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Being a God noticer

Where can we encounter God in our daily life? I love this little video of theologian Paula Gooder talking about being a 'God noticer'. There are lots of great little videos like this on the Bible Society's Youtube channel Lyfe.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Exploring mission and ministry in Anglican Schools

This website (which I edit) has a focus on mission and ministry in Anglican Schools. There are articles from people from around Australia as well as profiles of innovation in school ministry.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Mission Australia 2015 Youth Survey

Australia's largest annual 'temperature check' of teenagers has just been released. The Mission Australia Youth Survey contains much interesting and useful information about what is happening in the lives of young Australians.

The survey is open to all Australians aged between 15 and 19 and thousands of teenagers from cities, towns and rural and remote areas take part.

Some of the highlights identified by Mission Australia are:
  • Alcohol and drugs were found to be an increasing concern. 
  • Just over one in ten respondents indicated that they saw family responsibilities and physical or mental health as barriers to achieving their study/work goals.
  • Young people continue to report that coping with stress and school/study problems are top issues of concern

I am always interested to see what young people say they value, what relationships are most important and what their issues of personal concern are.

This year there is also an infographics page.

What stands out for you in the Mission Australia Survey?

Check out the full survey here.