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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.

“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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Being Present to Presence: Goal-Setting and the Spiritual Life

On retreat with Cynthia on Holy Isle, Scotland, June, 2017 “[Prayer]is a way of… living in awareness of the Presence, and even enjoying the Presence. The contemplative is not just aware of God’s Loving Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights … Continue reading

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All You Need is Love: The Body’s Natural Aptitude for Wisdom

Conscious walking and grounding practices in “Service, Society, and the Sacred.” “Helping the human family move toward the next step of human evolution in love is the most urgent and challenging task of contemporary spirituality….God wants creation to become fully … Continue reading

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Humanities I in Action Curriculum and the Impact of Social Conscience Education

I believe this is the oldest class picture I have going back to the earliest days of Humanities I in Action, which started in 2003. This blog entry provides information about social conscience education that I began gathering at the … Continue reading

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Enchanted Chanting: Experiencing Peace and Purity in the High School Classroom

Introduction Is it possible to give my stressed out students an undeniable experience of inner peace in a group setting? This thought motivated my recent experiment to bring chanting into an elective religion course that I teach at HKIS called … Continue reading

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“Dream Dreams that are Larger than Life:” An Opening Word to the First Humanities II in Action Classes

Dear Humanities II in Action Students, Welcome back to a new school year! Every year brings excitement of what’s to come, but today is a very special first day for me because it is the beginning of Humanities II in … Continue reading

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Descent from Mind to Body: A Journey into Bodily Intelligence through Tai Chi

“The physical practice sometimes called Tai Chi…is a delightful method of allowing my body to learn to move with a natural fluidity that blesses my whole being….What delights me about this practice is the way it integrates the physical universe … Continue reading

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