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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.

Practice Makes Perfect: A Missing Piece in Teaching for Purpose

Introduction Most of us would probably agree that gaining a life purpose is among the most important ingredients of a life well-lived. It appears so fundamental to personal fulfilment and social progress that it seems imperative that we teach about … Continue reading

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What is Love? Exploring Human Yearning for the Divine with Llewellyn Vaughan – Lee

Introduction Llewellyn Vaughan – Lee is a Sufi teacher who has had mystical experiences since his teenage years. As a Sufi, he focuses on connecting to God through the yearnings of the heart, which when realized turn everything on its … Continue reading

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Pedagogy of the Planetarium: Journeying Beyond Outer Space

Holding aloft a yellow-tinted orb, the masterful presenter dramatically finished the Griffiths Observatory planetarium show “Centered in the Universe” with a final word: “Looking through a telescope, we are coming to know our home.” This was his response to those … Continue reading

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“It Broke Me:” Sex Education, Despair, and Empowerment in South India

Sammi and one of the Indian girls sharing warm words and a hug after HKIS girls shared their feminine hygiene lesson plan.

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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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