Cravings for single origin roast and bespoke baked items crafted daily on-site, are satiated amidst a proliferation of minimalist cafes, carved out of loading docks and hidden cubby holes tucked away in cosy laneways across Brisbane. Menus scratched on blackboard walls and the call of ‘order up’ translates into chefs scurrying about in cramped back rooms to create distinctive and stimulating sensory dishes. Unspoken, yet central to the culture of niche eateries, is not just the culinary experience but a strong sense of identity through shared community and connection. These qualities are also foundational in Lutheran learning communities through our focus on educating the whole child.
“Educators in a Lutheran school acknowledge that each person is created with unique God-given gifts and talents. We encourage all our learners to be curious investigators and creative problem-solvers. Holistic education recognises the importance of the intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development of every student.” https://leq.lutheran.edu.au/
In dialogue with Peter (John 21), Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” Peter’s response is a heartfelt “Yes!”. Jesus continues, “Feed my lambs. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. Follow me!” This conversation with Peter highlights the importance of being nourished and actively engaging in holistic education. This invitation from Christ, active as a verb, is shared with all people who are called to serve. Each day, Lutheran learning communities respond to this invitation. Our shared ministry and mission in Lutheran schools is a response to what God has already done for us through Christ.
Amidst the busyness of business with new QCE processes, challenging conversations, IT provision, imperatives for improvement, yard duty and meetings, the daily menu can seem pretty crowded. Jesus has a way of cutting through all of this, recognising our humanity and coming to us inviting an individual response through action.
This invitation doesn’t cause us to scurry about like a café chef, instead it clarifies for us that identity and connection are fostered and nurtured through community.
Our daily focus is clear. “Feed my sheep”.
Blessings as we serve, learn and lead together.