Serving with hands, head and heart
“He has told you what is good… to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
It is a privilege to be able to journey alongside students and staff as we learn and grow together in community. The importance lies in nurturing the individual in such a way that people can identify their God given gifts and talents and seek to do their personal best and use these gifts in community to serve God, each other and the wider and global community.
The key question is:
What does the world need and what gifts and talents do I have to meet that need?
At LORDS our approach to service-learning allows students and staff to explore and answer that very question. At its heart service-learning focuses on:
- A real problem that needs to be solved in the community or globally
- Authentic links to the curriculum
- Benefitting both community partners and the students involved
- Active and ongoing reflection (what have I learnt about myself, others and the world from this experience?)
Developing real partnerships with local community organizations and global organizations such as Australian Lutheran World Service is a feature of a LORDS education. We want students to understand their role as citizens of not only Australia, but the world, through working alongside people and ‘getting their hands dirty’ , understanding the needs of another and standing up for others in a knowledgeable and caring way.
You are never too young or old to make a difference in the world or someone’s life.