Thursday, 27 October 2016

Just Visiting: A guide to reflective practice

Just Visiting is a very useful resource from Caritas for those involved in overseas service or engagement experiences. Even if you are not involved in this kind of work you should check out the website. 

Much of what occurs under the banner of "service trips", "mission trips" or "charity tours" has the capacity to be damaging and disrespectful to the people who are visited. The primer on reflective practice is a helpful tool in this regards.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Indigenous Education Initiatives in Anglican Schools

In 2009 Dr Jennifer Barr delivered her report Building RelationshipsPeter Laurence in the Foreword says:

"This research is ground-breaking for Anglican schools. It paints a picture of the many and varied responses that our schools - single sex and co-educational, long-established and newly-founded, boarding and day – are making to the challenge of providing Indigenous young Australians with the educational opportunity that should be available for all Australians. It also reveals how Indigenous Australians are enriching the lives of students in Anglican schools, through building mutually rewarding relationships. The partnerships are two-way." 

It is an important document and one that should be read in every Anglican School in Australia. It provides some essential insights into what is going well and in what areas work is needed. Having said this much has changed in the last seven years and every school will need to work hard to build and maintain relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

ASA Conference 2017

Joy is the theme for the Anglican Schools Australia Conference 2017 in beautiful Brisbane. There will be some fantastic keynote speakers including Br Damien Price and Phil Togwell of Prayer Spaces in the UK.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Advent Prayers

Here are some quick links that provide prayers for Advent that might be useful in putting together chapel services.

The Community of Aidan and Hilda in Australia have this beautiful litany. also have a range of Advent Prayers

The Rev'd Bosco Peters from New Zealand has some beautiful Advent wreath prayers.

And of course has a ton of Advent resources.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Spiritual Gardens in Schools

What is a spiritual garden?

To be honest I had no idea until I stumbled upon some sites talking about their development in schools. So using the words from these on.

"The spiritual garden is a place where children and adults can sit quietly and enjoy the peace and calm of natural surroundings." (Spiritual Gardens: A brief guide - Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education)

"There has been a recent move for many schools to consider redesigning their outdoor space to facilitate a variety of functions. In many church schools this has included areas to encourage pupils to reflect, find quiet and calm and to allow for prayer, reflection and peer mediation. These 'spiritual gardens' are often also big enough to be used for collective worship in class groups."

"The gardens that are created are usually set apart from the rest of the school grounds and have their own ambience and atmosphere that creates a special and sacred place."

If you are interested the links above are a great place to start. Gloucester Diocese has all kinds of information to get you started and Salisbury has a the Brief Guide mentioned above.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Music Videos for Advent and Christmas

These videos have a particular focus on music. They may be helpful liturgically.

Pentatonix is particularly well known for their beautiful version of this song.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

More Great Advent and Christmas Videos

Here are some more Advent and Christmas videos. Don't forget if you have a video to share link it in the comments section.

The Nativity Factor has produced some amazing videos over the years. Here is one from last year that captures the gritty reality of the nativity.

This is another great one from St Paul's Media and Arts

This is a more traditional depiction of the nativity that might be suitable for liturgy.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Great Advent and Christmas Videos

It is that time of year again when I drop all the  Advent and Christmas videos for those people madly putting together their Term 4 chapels.  If you have any great videos put a link in the comments section.

There are five of these powerful videos at the Shift Worship YouTube channel. 

There are also some other beautiful Advent videos at Shift like this one:

St Paul's Arts and Media has made some great films with children and young people. See the one below.

This animated video created by the Bible Society is suitable for younger students.

More to come in following days.