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Taking Holistic Education Seriously

Taking Holistic Education Seriously
by Philip Hughes and Stephen Reid

ISBN: 978-1-875223-73-2

This paper shows how schools can and do contribute to the holistic education of their students.  Holistic education is defined by this paper in terms of the development of people’s relationships with themselves and their friends, and a development of a commitment to the wider society, the natural environment and religious faith. Based on surveys in 29 Catholic schools in four dioceses and two States, it suggests ways in which schools can measure and assess their influence.

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Pointers Vol.21-1

Pointers Vol.21-1. (March 2011)

Articles include:

  • Possibilities of Leadership in Rural Catholic Parishes – With the declining number of priests available, many Catholic dioceses are  investigating various ways of organising their parishes. The issue is similar to that faced by many denominations. Catholic parishes, however, have some issues not faced by some Protestant denominations in that priests have an irreplaceable role in celebrating the sacraments. Priests are central to parish life in the Catholic Church and there has not been a tradition of lay people as leaders of worship services. However, two case studies suggest that the patterns of leadership can change and may even strengthen parish life as they do so.
  • Catholic Religious Institutes in Australia – In 2008, the National Council of Catholic Religious Australia commissioned the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Pastoral Research Office to survey all Catholic Institutes of Clerical Religious, Religious Brothers and Religious Sisters in Australia.The final report of the survey, ‘See, I am Doing a New Thing!’, was launched in Sydney in November 2010.
  • Looking at Art Looking at Life – One way of understanding the culture that we inhabit is to consider how it is sustained in visual terms. This means looking at the visual shape of things as they are expressed through the images, signs and symbols of the world of hopes that make up contemporary consumer culture.
  • Spirituality, Care and Wellbeing in Education – Late 2009, Springer Publishing House released a huge twovolume collection of essays on spirituality, care and wellbeing in education. The volume is timely as schools and other institutions increasingly find themselves grappling with issues of mental health and wellbeing. The first volume of essays focusses mainly on the psychology of religion and spirituality. The second volume is primarily about educational programs and  environments in promoting holistic learning and wellbeing. This review will focus on the second volume.
  • Demographics of a Nation: Australia and the Church – This article from NCLS Research presents a summary of Australian population, age, marital status, education, country of birth and religion. The Australian population is compared with church attenders using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the 2006 National Church Life Survey.
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Pointers Vol.21-2 For Downloading

Pointers, Vol.21-2.  (June 2011)

Articles include:

  • Global Trends in the Changing Context of Mission – Reflections on the 6th Lausanne Researchers Conference, Sao Paulo
  • Researching the Church at the Local Level – While several papers at the 6th International Lausanne Researchers Conference focused on overall issues in Worldwide Christian mission, a number of researchers presented papers outlining issues in research at the local church level. Each of the papers presented a local context for church ministry: the vitality of local evangelical churches in Rio de Janeiro, alternative models of church development and planning in Germany, and the inclusiveness of churches to disabled people in Brazil.
  • The Church and Family Life in Australia – The following paper was delivered by Stephen Reid at the 6th International Lausanne Researchers Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in April 2011. Whilst the paper looked at family life in the Australian context, comparisons to other countries was possible through analysis of data from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) and the World Values Surveys (WVS).
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry Now and Then –
  • Publications in the Religion-and-Film Field – In the tradition of Pointers 2008 (vol. 18, no. 3) and 2009 (vol. 19, no. 4), below is the third compilation of useful articles in the religionand- film field for your interest, enjoyment and edification.
  • On-Line Religion – The Internet has become an increasingly important part of people’s social interactions as well as a means of accessing information. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009), the proportion of Australian households with computers rose from 44 per cent to 78 per cent between 1998 and 2009. Access to the Internet has increased even more rapidly, from just 16 per cent of households in 1998 to 72 per cent in 2009. It is inevitable that the role of religion on the Internet would also increase over time. A recent edition of the Australian Religion Studies Review was dedicated to articles on religion and
    spirituality in cyberspace.

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Models Of Leadership And Organisation In Anglican Churches In Rural Australia

Models of Leadership and Organisation in Anglican Churches in Rural Australia, by Philip Hughes and Audra Kunciunas.

ISBN: 978-1-875223-68-8

This research paper focusses on some quite different models operating in various dioceses, including:

  • Ecumenical cooperation
  • Enabler supported ministry
  • Full-time stipended priest or minister
  • Large area team ministry operating over multiple parishes
  • Ministry leadership team.

Five case-studies seek to capture the stories of individual churches and examine at depth the factors operating in each situation. At the heart of the study is the question: what are the preferred options in rural situations where the resources are few and the numbers of people small?

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Rural Churches In The Uniting Church In South Australia: Models For Ministry

Rural Churches in the Uniting Church in South Australia: Models for Ministry, by Philip Hughes and Audra Kunciunas

ISBN: 978-1-875223-32-9

Within rural Australia, a range of patterns of ministry are emerging. In many places, small churches operate in clusters. In other places, ecumenical partnerships have been formed. In many places, non-ordained leaders have replaced ordained leaders. Sometimes teams have taken the place of individuals in responsibility for church life.

This paper looks at examples of the different patterns of ministry among rural Uniting churches in South Australia. The patterns in 11 churches were examined. In each case, the researchers spent a while in the church, attending worship and talking with the leaders and members.

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Spiritual Capital: An Important Asset Of Workplace And Community?

Spiritual Capital: An Important Asset of Workplace and Community? by Philip Hughes

ISBN: 978-1-875223-33-6

This research paper  reviews the literature on the notion of spiritual capital as it is being used in relation to organisations. Spiritual capital is understood as ‘what a community or organisation exists for, aspires to and takes responsibility for’. The higher the values and purposes out of which an organisation operates the greater that organisation’s spiritual capital.

The ‘spirituality in the workplace’ literature, on which the literature of ‘spiritual capital’ builds, has noted that the inner life of people may be nourished by meaningful work that takes place in the context of community. It has also pointed to the importance of inter-relationships within the workplace.

The term ‘spiritual capital’ has the capacity to present an alternative focus for business and community. It encourages them to focus on the wellbeing of humanity rather than on the accumulation of financial wealth.

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Pointers Vol.21-3 For Downloading

Pointers, Vol.21-3. (September 2011)

Articles include:

  • Religion and Youth: World Perspectives – an exploration of how young people are relating to religion around the world.
  • Who’s Coming to School Today? – the attitudes of students, staff and parents to Catholic Schools in Queensland.
  • Access and Values: Functions of Religion in Australian Society – what Australians regard as important functions of religion.

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A Handbook For Cross-cultural Ministry

A Handbook of Cross-Cultural Ministry, by Philip Hughes and Sharon Bond

ISBN: 0-85910-990-9.

From the very beginning of the church, cross-cultural ministry has been part of its charter. With the great flow of people into Australia from all over the world – every second person in Australia is either a first- or second-generation immigrant – the challenge of ministering cross-culturally is on the doorsteps of many Australian congregations.

A Handbook for Cross-Cultural Ministry explores how to raise awareness of cross-cultural ministry. It examines how people from different cultural backgrounds may be fully included in church life, appreciate that cultural diversity can enrich the whole community. It suggests how support may be given to faith communities of people from different cultural backgrounds.

Far from taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach, A Handbook for Cross-Cultural Ministry describes the emergence of several patterns, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. The book reflects on the current status of cross-cultural ministry within our churches and the role of such ministry in the context of the changing nature of Australian society.

This book shares ideas and stories that emerge from a survey of more than 300 local church leaders and interviews with ministry coordinators in eight denominations. Each section contains questions to facilitate discussion about cross-cultural ministry by church leadership teams. We believe this book will inspire churches to think through the potential for cross-cultural ministry and provide leaders with some ideas, practical possibilities and insights.

The book was written by Philip Hughes and Sharon Bond, and commissioned by the Victorian Council of Churches.

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Exploring What Australians Value

Exploring What Australians Value, by Philip Hughes and Sharon Bond, with John Bellamy and Alan Black

ISBN: 0-85910-975-5

This research paper draws on data from the Australian Community Survey. The research used a value instrument based on the work of Salom Schwartz’ revision of Milton Rokeach pioneering work in the sociology of values.

It finds that the most strongly affirmed values among Australians are ‘a world at peace’, ‘honesty’, ‘true friendship’ and ‘equality’. The results demonstrate that the overriding concern among Australians is for the depth and authenticity of their relationships.

Research identifies four major value orientatiions. There are those for whom order is the predominant concern, as seen in their affirmation of the importance of national security, politeness and cleanliness. For others, the dominant pattern revolves around the social environment: equality, freedom, social justice, broadmindedness and helpfulness. A third orientation revolves around self-enhancement: excitement, enjoyment, wealth and success. The fourth group emphasise spiritual values and the importance of a spiritual life.

The paper identifies how values vary across the different sectors of society and gives some valuable insights into the origins and consequences of value orientations.

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The Catholic Community In Australia

The Catholic Community in Australia, by Bob Dixon.

ISBN: 0-85910-984-4.

This book, written by Bob Dixon, director of the Pastoral Projects Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, provides an excellent overview of the Catholic community in Australia.

It traces the history of the Catholic community from the First Fleet to the present day. It looks at the complex organisations and activities that make up the Catholic Church. It examines how the richness of its traditions increased through the arrival of Catholic immigrants from many countries during the second half of the twentieth century. It gives a brief account of the major Catholic beliefs and religious practices, and notes both the achievements of the Catholic Church and the challenges it faces in the years ahead.

Drawing extensively on the 2001 Australian Census and the 2001 National Church Life Survey, The Catholic Community in Australia provides a detailed demographic profile of both the Catholic community in general and of those who are active in Church life.

Fr Brian Lucas, the General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says ‘This book provides an excellent and comprehensive account of the Catholic community in Australia. Packed with the latest available statistics, it is an absorbing read.’

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