Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Intentional Faith Communities in Church Schools

Intentional Faith Communities in Catholic Education by Gerald A. Arbuckle is well worth reading if you are working in any denominational school. 

Using the tools of a cultural anthropologist Arbuckle "describes the nature of intentional faith-based communities in education and how they can be sustained". His description of the existing culture in Catholic schools is insightful and would equally apply to Anglican schools.

Arbuckle says: Given the contemporary external and internal factors impacting on Catholic school communities...we can no longer assume that the average school is necessarily a vibrant faith community founded  on Jesus Christ. Nor can we assume that educators who are nominally Catholic, non-Catholic or non-Christian are committed to building a faith community in schools.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Partnerships aren't built on pity

This video and the accompanying webpage from Bond University is challenging the pity approach that is often used in engaging with people in developing nations.

What messages does your school communicate to students about developing nations and the people that live within in? Even the idea of service trips communicates a particular idea about the capabilities of people overseas.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Engage Worship

Engage Worship is a great site for resources for worship and prayer. The worship ideas section is particularly useful. It has prayers, dramatic activities and all kinds of creative ways to engage people with prayer and worship. There are also videos...like the one below.