LESNW has been engaged in co-creating a new vision, mission and goals, which reflects our foundation of Lutheran Education, and the core elements of Growing deep. It has been a rigourous, and challenging process, but also incredibly inspiring and centering.
Being able to reflect on who we are, what we do and most importantly our purpose, has been incredibly helpful when I reflect on the events and actions of past weeks. While we have been at times ‘assulted’ by images of death and illness, a myriad of graphs, ie ‘we need to flatten the curve’, ‘the economy is plunging’, ‘unemployment rapidly heading up’, being part of the LESNW community means that we are ‘communities of hope, nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence’.
1 Peter 3:15 says ‘Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope’. I have to admit that there are times in the past weeks where I have not always been ‘hope’ filled. However, one of the great joys and gifts of this current situation has been the minute by minute reliance on God, rather than ‘occasional’. This is the source of my ‘hope’ as God continues to surprise me with blessing upon blessing.
We have such an opportunity within our learning community to focus on hope. Educator Valerie Hannon shared in a recent AISSA webinar that there has beena shift in values in society, values and actions such as those described so clearly in Growing deep.
service, care for the world and its people, living in loving relationships, celebrating the unique gifts of each person, reflecting God’s unconditional love, living the good news of Jesus, cultivating wonder and learning, responding to the needs of the world, forgiveness, embracing the future with confidence
Those values and how they are lived and demonstrated inspires and challenges me and makes me so grateful to be a part of LESNW.
Just last week when I was running a remote workshop with a large group of leaders from one of our learning communities it was so inspiring to hear the ‘hope-filled’ stories which so clearly reflected the values and actions described in ‘our foundation’.
Returning to the challenge of 1 Peter 3:15, ‘our foundation’ and it’s lived experience makes it easy to provide an answer to ‘where my hope comes from’ personally, and as a member of our LESNW community as we experience the blessings and empowerment of living in God’s presence.