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About martinschmidtinasia

I have served as a humanities teacher at Hong Kong International School since 1990, teaching history, English, and religion courses. Since the mid-1990's I have also come to assume responsibility for many of the school's service learning initiatives. My position also included human care ministry with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Hong Kong, southern China, and others parts of Asia from 1999-2014. Bringing my affluent students into contact with people served by the LCMS in Asia has proved to be beneficial to students and our community partners alike. Through these experience I have become committed to social conscience education, which gives students the opportunity to find their place in society in the context of challenging global realities.

“Dealing with the Accuser: Befriending Your Inner Critic” by Sangeeta Bansal and Marty Schmidt

All of us have inner voices that direct critique towards ourselves, which when well-managed can serve us well. However, for many students these voices become far too powerful, leaving them with low self-regard. In this blog entry guest writer Sangeeta … Continue reading

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“The Global Field of Love:” Celebrating Jasmine and Ashwin’s Wedding in Burma

Introduction In 2004 a young student from Hong Kong local schools named Jasmine Lau signed up for Humanities I in Action; the course, as she said to myself and her teacher Ms. Talbot last week at her wedding, was “life-changing.” … Continue reading

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“Self-Discovery: Becoming a Healthier Me” by Ali Taha Brown

Ali breaks through a tackle on the HKIS rugby pitch in a match against International School of Beijing during APAC in October. Introduction The final papers from this past semester’s “Service, Society, and the Sacred” class produced a bumper crop … Continue reading

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Presence and Plant Intelligence: Best Books of 2017

Finding my first Buhner book in Dublin in July, a celebratory moment! Introduction If last year’s highlight was easy to identify – studying the Enneagram in London – then this year’s epiphany was equally obvious, coming during summer holidays on … Continue reading

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“Holding Onto Letting Go” by Sharon Kim

Sharon Kim – in center in blue track pants and white top in a “Service, Society, and the Sacred” class photo – reflects in this essay on her experience with two forms of spiritual practices that taught her how to … Continue reading

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“Compassion for Others and Compassion for Myself: The Long Journey to Finding Me Again” by Sandra Wellins

“Compassion for others and compassion for myself became the new foundation for my self-healing.” Introduction I have just completed another semester of “Service, Society, and the Sacred,*” a senior religion elective at HKIS that is designed to help students find … Continue reading

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Introducing Spiritual Practices for Spiritual Explorations Class

Dear Students, We are very excited to bring to you our new Spiritual Explorations (SPEX) course! At the heart of this new curriculum is an experience-based approach in which you will be regularly engaging in spiritual practices. This teaching strategy … Continue reading

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