My neighbors moved in across the street just under a year ago. There is an older couple that appear to be grandparents, a younger couple with two small girls, and I think one other adult. The older gentleman’s name is Milkiet; he speaks very little English, is very gregarious and friendly, and is a pretty solid volleyball player, although our family has noticed that the techniques he learned playing in India are very different from the ones we learned.
It strikes me as funny that his volleyball techniques stand out as a difference when he also speaks a different language, dresses differently (including his turban), eats different food, and worships differently.
Last month we talked about one of the “Big Six” factors that influence how power plays out in our schools. I shared some reflections on how gender impacts access to positions of power and how power impacts gender.
In this entry, I’d like to look at the “theological” factors that impact the power dynamics we work within. I put quotation marks around the word “theological” because I think there are times when this word is misused, or at least used without reflection on whether it is the most accurate word.
We welcome David Loewen as an author of the Voices blog. David is the superintendent of Surrey (British Columbia) Christian School.
The focus of my blog posts over the next few months will be power and the Christian school leader. As we seek to ensure that every area of our Christian schools falls under the lordship of Christ, it is vital for us to examine our leadership practices in the light of that context. At a very basic level, we need to ensure our leadership practices are not doing harm to those we serve; however, our calling is much higher than that as we strive to understand what practices, language, and attitudes we can foster that will facilitate the flourishing of our staff and students.