Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela
Executive Officer – Lutheran Principals Australia
Over the last two days I have been meeting with my counterparts from LEA, LEQ and LEVNT to further flesh out the program for the LEA National Ministry Conference. It was a very energising time as we asked each other question after question. Openly listening to each other and gaining clearer understanding of each other’s perspectives certainly took some time. What resulted though, was the co-construction of a conference program that we are truly excited about and are looking forward to seeing lived out in each region.
As we reflected on our two days and laughed at the amount of questions we asked of each other, someone commented, ‘But isn’t that what Jesus did? He asked lots of questions of people?’ She was right!
And that’s just a small sample from the book of Matthew.
As we continue Jesus’ ministry of making him known within our ever-increasing diverse contexts, questions are a very useful tool to help us gain a fuller and clearer understanding of the situation or perspective of those we are ministering to. The LEA National Ministry Conference will offer us a framework to help us consider the questions to ask, how to ask them, and how to navigate through the variety of responses.
Whether you are attending the National Ministry Conference or not, within the Capability of ‘Building Community’ (Growing Deep) is the indicator of ‘Listening and understanding’:
Involves the ability to be fully present and engaged in effective dialogue with others in a way that communicates a deep respect and empathy for their circumstances, background, culture and intentions. At its deepest it includes insightfully reading the unspoken thoughts or feelings of others and underlying assumptions, intentions or reasons for their behaviour.
May God grant us the grace and wisdom to be fully present in the face of diversity and to respectfully ask questions in a way that communicates a deep respect and empathy for people’s circumstances, background, culture and intentions. Amen.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader
The 21st Century Learning Conference is an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology, and learning experts, and their peers. The event blended together school tours, keynotes, practitioner-led workshop sessions, and networking opportunities.
John Proeve and Mignon Weckert joined Dr Richard Owens to lead a session on Awareness-Based System Leadership and to share the learning which is occurring in LESNW as a result of this approach.
One of the many valuable aspects of conference was a one-day tour to five schools to see and learn more about the ways technology is embedded into the curriculum and the maker movement.
Quote from one of the leaders: “Everyone is making or creating lovely maker spaces. They are great if they are available … but not necessary to effective maker centred learning in a school”.
For further information about the conference, tour, or awareness-based system leadership, do not hesitate to contact John or Mignon.
Educational Leadership Director
The day commenced with principal, David Wilksch, sharing his leadership journey and the impact of Awareness Based Systems Leadership in relation to personal and collective leadership and learning.
The group engaged in awareness-based practices, which assisted them to process through the U of Otto Scharmer’s theory U.
The Vocational Practices of Growing Deep and current research focusing on impact of leadership helped to focus the leaders on areas of exploration at their school site.
Through a systems-thinking approach, the participants then identified an area of learning/leading at their school, exploring Current Reality and Preferred Future.
Areas of investigation included learner agency, student leadership, valuing the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of learning communities, the role of CS in the curriculum, reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity, literacy program, teacher engagement, home-learning.
The group have decided to continue to collaborate, and take an awareness-based system leadership approach to learning, with Growing Deep as the underlying framework.
Educational Leadership Director