Staff Faith Day 2014

4 August 2014 | General Interest

Staff Faith Day – ‘Reading through the lens of love’

Our Staff Faith Day on Thursday 31 July was certainly memorable. We were blown away with Dr Amy-Jill Levine's insights and expertise in bringing the Word of God alive. She was certainly a breath of fresh air – her delivery was so engaging and her content was enlightening but at the same time very challenging. We don’t often get a chance to listen to an internationally renowned speaker such as Dr Levine from the USA.

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She is a University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences in Nashville, Tennessee. She offered three 90 minute workshops over the course of the day:

  • ‘Understanding of Jesus in his Jewish Context’;
  • ‘Woman who walked with Jesus: what do we know of the woman and what messages do their stories have for both women and men today?’
  •  ‘The Parable of the Good Samaritan’ – (great link back to our Good Samaritan Campus).

Dr Levine also allowed for time within each of the three sessions for questions that instigated very stimulating discussion.

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Due to our positive partnerships with our neighbouring Catholic Secondary Schools and parishes, we welcomed teachers from Emmanuel College, Mount Saint Joseph Girls’ College, White Friars, Fr Ian Ranson from the Parish of Laverton and our canonical administrator Fr Jude Pirotta joining us for this special occasion; bringing our total number to around 300 participants. This is certainly the type of professional learning we need as it strengthens our partnerships as Catholic educators but more importantly to increase our understanding, skills and expertise in making our faith rich and relevant to those entrusted in our care.

“Perhaps one of the most important PLs I have attended. It's not my faith that is challenged, but the opportunity to grow my understanding. What a gift today has been in no small part to the creation of the event” (Mr Goss, Director of Learning and Teaching)

“Today was amazing. Presentation of M block outstanding and thank you for giving us the opportunity and privilege with our guest speaker Amy who was truly resourceful, captivatingly hilarious and inspiring. I loved it” (Mrs Grujovski, Social Justice Coordinator)

“It was a really well organised event, with an inspiring speaker, and an all-round great experience to be a part of” (Mr Pomasan, Year 9 YLC)

“The PL today was terrific - what a wonderful, engaging presenter. I found her insights to be quite thought provoking” (Mrs Knurek, Head of Senior School)

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We look forward to our Staff Faith Day in 2015.