Category: Experienced Teachers

Posted by Stephen Kinsella 55 days ago

The Anglican Education Commission, currently operating as Anglican EdComm, was established in 2006 for the purpose of promoting Christian education “by working alongside teachers, facilitating their growth in each stage of their vocation so that Christ is honoured as Lord and Saviour in every school.”

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Posted by Gail Staples 2 months ago

The Centre for Christian Apologetics, Scholarship and Education was established as a ministry of New College in 2002 by Professor Trevor Cairney. CASE aims to provide Christian commentary on social, intellectual and academic issues, and engage people of all persuasions in debate and discussion concerning contemporary issues of broad interest. Many articles could be used across the humanities subjects in Secondary classes.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago

This is the final part in a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

‘Faith becomes deeply woven into the person you are at work, expressing itself in your thoughts, words, and activities, shining from the core of your identity’ (Martin, 2017, p.157).

There are many ways to build relationships in a workplace while contributing to the culture and climate. Mark Green from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity has developed six M’s for how to integrate faith and work and Martin has turned these into the following questions.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago

This is Part Five of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

Stress at work is common even in the best workplaces. A 2015 Stress and Well-being survey by the Australian Psychological Society found a trending increase in workplace stress and anxiety, with 45% of Australians complaining of work-related stress (Martin, 2018, p.38). The causes are varied:

  • long working hours or unreasonable performance expectations
  • the physical environment
  • organisational practices, such as a lack of control over one's work, poor communication, or a lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities
  • changes at work, resulting in insecurity, high turnover, or stifled opportunity for promotion
  • new job demands (for which the worker is not skilled)
  • workplace relationships, including bullying, office politics, conflict, or competition
  • ethical challenges
  • external stressors like changing regulations or economic conditions over which the workplace has no control
  • a toxic work environment (Martin, 2018, p.37-38).

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago

This is Part Four of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

'Because God is who he is, we cannot be indifferent when his truth and law are flouted, but because man is who he is, we cannot try to impose them by force' (Stott, 1984).

It seems intuitive to the believer that God intended through instruction in the Law to define morality, and to lead humankind to 'the right and the good' (Orr, 2007). However, today, the whole Christian ethic is under attack (Barclay, 1971). This challenge is coming not so much from other religions but from those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition who favour post-modernism. Some will go so far as to say there is no natural law or common morality. Each person's morality is of equal standing, since truth is relative and knowledge is really a matter of interpretation. Issues in the public arena are then said to be 'morally neutral' (Orr, 2007).

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago

This is Part Three of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

'Our identity is not something that should fluctuate between jobs. It is something that needs to be fixed in something stable and unchanging' (Martin, 2017, p.131).

Educational psychologists Vander Zanden and Pace (1984) applied Erikson’s ideas in defining identity as: ‘the meaning one attaches to oneself as reflected in the answers one provides to the questions, “Who am I?” and, “Who am I to be?”’ (Lynda Kelly, 2010, p.74). It relates to self-image (one's mental model of oneself), self-esteem, and individuality. In short it relates to how I see myself and what gives me meaning. It includes how I am both similar to and different from others. A psychologist might describe identity in terms of the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person an individual, while sociologists may explain these characteristics as developing throughout a person’s life in response to family, culture social groups and other influential factors like education and work.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 3 months ago

This is Part One of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

'If we don't worship through our work we will either worship work itself, the money or status it brings or treat work as a mere means to the end of rest or a hedonistic retirement' (Gordon Preece in Martin, 2017, p.xv).

'Work in some form, paid or unpaid, is part of adult life. It is a fact of life. Ogden Nash says ‘If you don't want to work, you have to work so that you earn enough money so that you don't have to work’ (Martin, 2017, p.27).

While many know real fulfilment through their work, others experience the grind and demands of the daily work routine as more of a curse than a blessing. This is no surprise when we look at the origins of work in the Bible. From the creation we know that God worked and took delight in His work as a good thing. He worked for six of the seven days of creation. When man was made, he was made in the image of God and he too was invited to join in the work, to name the beasts and to work the ground. However, after disobeying God’s instructions, working the ground became onerous hard work.

 

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Posted by Peter White 4 months ago

Following on from the Royale Ormsby Martin Lecture entitled 'Teaching for Humanity' in 2016, we invited Dr Mark Stephens to address an Agora forum on the topic of ‘The Integrity of Commitment: Formation not Inoculation’.

The two talks have a great deal of synergy as we continue to consider the impact of secularism and our endeavour to present Christ in our Schools. It is no surprise to say that Western culture has substantially altered its relationship to religion. This has impacted the way education is framed and it has had a peculiar impact on faith-based schools. The greatest impact has been the shift in the way people think and the questions that are asked of, or about faith.

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Posted by Gail Staples 4 months ago

Has the art of respectfully discussing ideas been lost? This question was raised in the article Disagreeing Well, written by Stephen Kinsella, that discussed four foundational attitudes: the first three - listen well, maintain an open mind, and respect the person – apply to schools in general; the fourth - give reason for the hope you have – has particular application for discussion about the Christian faith.

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Posted by Kara Martin 4 months ago

The concept of faith impacting on work has been in the news lately, with Scott Morrison’s faith being seen as a threat to democracy.

Well-known atheist Jane Caro tweeted that “Theocracies are terrifying, particularly for women and anyone who is different in any way. They are never democratic because they favour one group above all others - those who worship the ‘right’ god.”

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