In a few weeks from now, I will be transitioning out of my role as Education Leader for LESNW to Head of Junior School at Encounter Lutheran College. With such periods of transition also come opportunities for quiet reflection too. While there is palpable excitement for what adventures lie ahead, there is also a sadness about what is being left behind.
In my current role, I have loved being able to visit our many learning communities and share for a brief but sacred time, in some of the joys and challenges that exist when people come together and are intentional about living in community.
While we have the scope to be different and the freedom to do things in different ways, there is also a strong thread that unites us and provides us with a strong identity and makes us who we are. It gives us the ‘vibe’ that is hard to describe but easy to feel. Places that recognise the innate value and worth of each of its members.
I will be leaving LESNW and heading to my new ‘home’ knowing that what I have experienced in one context, I will experience (albeit differently) in another; confident that wherever we are, our learning communities are places that:
• Worship together – this is pretty central to who we are. Whether it be chapel, devotions, bible studies, etc. we have the opportunity to respond to what God has done for us and share this with others.
• Witness – As well attending to ‘excellence in learning’, we exist also to share our faith with the people we meet and work alongside, conscious of God’s presence with us.
• Nurture – looking after each other spiritually and valuing each other as precious and created by God.
• Fellowship – meeting together, helping each other, encouraging each other -‘doing life’ together.
• Service – putting our faith into action. Working together to make the world a better place.
Sounds almost like church to me…