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Walking the Bodhisattva Path: Teaching Compassion on a China Orphanage Trip

Introduction What’s really real? Having brought hundreds of students to two nearby orphanages in southern China since 1995 with a plethora of memories – good news of adoption and connection along with tragic stories of separation and loss – I … Continue reading

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Saving Starfish: In Search of Genuine Service in a Chinese Orphanage

A picture of Andrea (on left) at Xiqiao Mountain during the China Orphanage Trip Introduction Every year in the Humanities I in Action class I take students to two nearby orphanages in southern China for an experience with taking care … Continue reading

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“From Whirlwind to Wisdom”: Baccalaureate Speech to Class of 2016

Graduating senior Brent Hensley and myself prepping for the baccalaureate service on June 5, which began graduation week. Welcome to graduation week, it’s my pleasure to share a few thoughts tonight as you prepare you to go through this major … Continue reading

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Education for Transformation: Introducing Humanities I in Action

Introduction After more than a decade of teaching Humanities I in Action, my colleagues and I remain excited to welcome students into our classroom every August, knowing that from day 1 they begin a journey that challenges and expands their … Continue reading

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Stirring the Soul With a New Story: A Letter to HKIS Alumni

On May 31st 2014 Mike Kersten and I walked out onto the stage of the nostalgic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point at TEDxHong Kong on education and shared the journey of social conscience that we take students on in Humanities … Continue reading

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“Christianity’s Hidden Driveshaft:” Cynthia Bourgeault’s Law of Three as Trinitarian Template of Transformation

Introduction When I first started teaching I wondered: where is the power of education? Or, to frame the question in Christian terms that remain my most natural mode, where is the power of Christ to transform lives? Somehow it seemed … Continue reading

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Room for Compassion: Finding Presence in a Chinese Orphanage

Yash with one of the children at the Foshan Orphanage Introduction “Perpetual sacrifice. It is an ideology that invades nearly every aspect of our lives. What is being sacrificed? What is the common thread? Most fundamentally, it is a sacrifice … Continue reading

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