Christian Ethic of Care SOE

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Christian Ethic of Care SOE

  1. 1. The potential impact aChristian ethic of care canhave on structures andsystems of schools ofeducationPaul Shotsberger
  2. 2. Christian ethic of care• God + Noddings’ ethic of care• Biblical structures• The transformational effect of a Christian ethic of care
  3. 3. Organic structures• Organic imagery of the Bible• The problem of typical Christian leadership models• Moving away from hierarchy toward more organic structures• Example: How we communicate
  4. 4. Characteristics• Networked structure• Shared authority• Kingdom-based frameworks
  5. 5. Implications• Leadership gifts• Master plan vs. organic order
  6. 6. ImplicationsOrganizational Tool Master Plan Organic Order Patterns Prescriptive – there is a “best Descriptive – people can way” for people to belong, and belong in a variety of ways, this plan will tell them what it isand they are free to belong in one or many ways Participation Representative – people must Individual – people can participate in the way the plan participate in ways that fit tells them to them as individuals Measurement Bottom Line – There is only one Story – effectiveness can way to measure effectiveness be measured in multiple ways Growth Bankrupt – resources will only Sustainable – resources be available at the beginning of will be available through the the project, and we must life of the project, and more maximize their use from the resources will become outset available for the project in the future Power Positional – power is limited to a Revolving – power is few shared by several Coordination Cooperation – control is built Collaboration – everyone’s into the plan to avoid solutions and creativity are disorganization and chaos invited Partners Accountability – the path to Edit-ability – the path to wholeness is a set of laws; our wholeness is grace, which actions are limited to fulfilling can be shared in a those laws multitude of ways Language Noun-centric – our experience Verb-centric – words has limits and can only be cannot fully express what expressed in prescribed ways we are experiencing Resources Scarcity – it is dangerous to Abundancy – there will be (Myers, presume that we will have many opportunities to find enough to meet our needs resources 2007)
  7. 7. But is it practical?• Kingdom of God then• Kingdom of God now• Where to begin?
  8. 8. Cultivating care and connection“Recognizing that we cannot guaranteethe outcome, we can still strive tocreate the conditions under whichseeds will grow into healthy andbountiful plants.” Gregory Smith “Cultivating care and connections” Educational Studies (2004)
  9. 9. Questions?Please feel free to contact me:pshotsberger@swu.edu

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