31st October is a pretty big day for the Lutheran church. It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theological concerns to the door of the Wittenberg Church for public discussion. This in turn set in course a series of events which we now refer to as the Reformation.
Up until this time the Bible was only available in Latin, making it accessible just to the elite theologians. One of Luther’s great concerns was that the beauty and truths of the Gospel should be accessible to everyone. Hence, he was the first one to translate the Bible into German. This, along with the embracing of the latest technology (i.e. the printing press), meant that common people could now read and discover for themselves the beauty and truths of the Gospel.
This Friday Australia celebrates World Teachers’ Day. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the important role that educators play. Whether your role is in the classroom or not, everyone in our schools and ECS’s contributes to the education which enriches our students, and in turn, our world.
One of the challenges to education is making it accessible for all community members, inspiring them to be independent learners, committed to lifelong learning. Given that God created each person with unique gifts, a major role of educators is to be able to speak the language of the student (in whatever form that may be) so they can discover the richness and joy of learning for themselves.
A significant complication to making learning accessible for all community members this year has been the impact of COVID-19. The physical separation of educator and student, combined with heightened anxiety made education particularly challenging. But with the embracing of technology and a deep sense of care and compassion for each student, our schools and ECS’s continued to make education accessible for all community members.
Thank you to all educators who have played a role in our schools and ECS’s this year. Thank you for your care and compassion for each student. Thank you for embracing new technologies and ways of serving. You have allowed the God-colours to continue to be developed in our students, and in turn, our world.
Spiritual & Cultural Leader