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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.

The Wisdom School Model: Implications for a “Spiritual Explorations” Curriculum

“Wisdom Schools are a format for integral learning that’s based in some of the deepest kind of roots for transformation and change in the Christian tradition…It’s been a classic way that human beings have handed on Wisdom since time immemorial. … Continue reading

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Opening the Soul Cage

Dear students, What I would like you to hear, as you enter into a high school career that will challenge you in every way, is a universal message from the world’s Wisdom traditions about your true identity. Think of all … Continue reading

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The Tao Becomes Flesh: Seeking Divinity in the Dark

The “Christ Temple” at Tao Fung Shan retreat center. Logos and the Light Probably the most memorable passage from my youth about God, Jesus, and the nature of reality was from John 1:1-5, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, … Continue reading

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The Wisdom Way of Knowing and Teaching: Reflections on the Epistemological Foundations of the SPEX Curriculum

A Collective Tea Ceremony Experience Introduction A year ago a group of religion teachers at HKIS began teaching a new series of courses called “Spiritual Explorations” (SPEX) at HKIS, which started with grade 9 students in January, 2018. In a … Continue reading

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A New “Good News” for Students: Best Books of 2018

Final class with my “Service, Society, and the Sacred” students as we shared our  stories of our growth throughout the semester. “We worshipped Jesus instead of following him on his same path. We made Jesus into a mere religion instead … Continue reading

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“Serving Others Includes Serving Myself:” Final SSS Reflection by Ana Gallagher

The top picture is of Ana (left) and India (right) in grade 9 participating in a flag day to raise money for charity in “Humanities I in Action,” while the bottom picture comes three years later as the two girls … Continue reading

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“On Retreat with Three Wisdom Streams: Contemplating the Dao De Jing, the Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers, and the Bhagavad Gita” by Marty Schmidt and Sangeeta Bansal

The first multi-day spiritual retreat with HKIS faculty in many years was held October 14-15, 2017 at Tao Fung Shan retreat center above Shatin. Dear Teachers, Welcome to a very special retreat, which will be held on Saturday-Sunday, January 26-27 … Continue reading

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