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Leading with Love: Inclusion and Humility

Written on October 25th, 2016

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Imitating Christ’s Humility

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.    Philippians 2:1-4

As we look forward to our annual celebration of learning, the Edifide Convention, we think of who we are and why we do what we do. Teaching and learning is really about giving of ourselves to our students so that they can grow, develop and become who God intended them to be. Our students learn how to take risks, see connections, love God and their neighbour, demonstrate leadership, build community, restore brokenness and serve their communities. What more important values do we instill than love? Care, compassion, inclusion and humility are all outpourings of love, and model our Saviour and Lord. We are called to be ambassadors of Christ’s love, and we are called to look out for the best interests of “the other.”

It is with much pleasure that I point you to workshops where stories are told about how to live in encouragement, compassion and selflessness. Learning how to be “with” others in their vulnerability and to possibly see it as strength is one path towards wisdom.

  • Integrating Faith, “Disability” and Academics: Using Rather than Accommodating Unique Skills and Abilities,” (Chantal Huinink)
  • Nurturing Students Where Sexuality, Gender and Faith Intersect (Jennifer Bowen, Wendy Gritter, Arend Strikwerda, The Talent Consortium)
  • Fostering Relationships, Learning and Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities: The Power and Promise of Peer-Mediated Supports (Erik Carter)
  • A Personal Story of One Family’s Journey through Mental Illness (Janet Soppit)

May we always have the ears to hear our Lord and Saviour calling us to lead in love.