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  1. 1. Filipinos have lots of good values that are worth to consider. I will sharewith you the common values that are worth to keep.Filipinos are known for their good values specially the typical Filipino people who areloyal to their customs and traditions. I will try to share what I have seen and what I knowabout the good values of Filipinos that are worth to keep. I would not say that Filipinosare perfect when it comes to keeping good values but they will never forget thiswherever they maybe in the world much more if they grow up in the Philippines.Christian Values. Philippines is a Christian country so most of the Filipino people areChristians. Though Filipinos are composed of different religions but they always goto church. Christianity and character building were taught in the schools whether inpublic schools or in private. Children were taught how to pray in school and in the home.Values of Respect to Elders. Children were taught by their parents to respect theelders. You can seldom hear a kid calling older people by their names. Even if they arenot related by blood or the kids don’t know the person, they will respect them by calling,kuya, ate, manang or manong, Auntie or uncle. How nice to hear kids paying respect toolder people. You can not see that in America. In here, little kids call the older ones bytheir names but in the Philippines, that is never tolerated and that is a typical Filipinovalues that is worth to keep.Values of kindness to the neighbors. Most Filipinos are kind to their neighbors.There are some who are not but the typical Filipinos are kind and helpful to theirneighbors. They can easily develop friendship to those who live around them. Once theybuild their friendship, they will share whatever they have like food and other stuff. Theywill take care of each other’s need without being asked. They are always there for theirneighbors. You can seldom find that in America. People here, don’t know theirneighbors by name. Only very few are close tot heir neighbors specially if neighbors aretransient? it’s hard to know everybody around you, that’s the American neighborhood.Values of Giving. Most Filipinos are givers. They love to give gifts to friends andrelatives specially during birthdays and Christmas. Even if they don’t have enoughmoney but they will really save some of it to buy gifts for their loved ones. That’s thething I really admired from Filipinos. They have a heart to share what they have even ifit is not much but they would really give.
  2. 2. Values of being Supportive And Caring. Filipinos are very supportive with theirfamilies. They love to gather together or even live together with their extended familiesin order to support each other. The unmarried children usually will live with their parentsand help them financially. There are times that the married children will still support theirparents in many ways. Most of the children who are professionals will always givefinancial support to their parents, siblings or other relatives who need support.Most Filipinos will personally take care of their old folks when they are sick. They willnever take them to nursing homes because there is no such thing as that in thePhilippines. The will take care of their old parents and relatives in their own homes.Christian Value: Value GodA core Christian value is having God first in our lives. This means continuously seeking Hisrighteousness and totally relying on Him. As humans we have the freedom of choice todecide what is right and what is wrong, but if we value God we will look to Him for what isright and wrong. Most of us have the resources and means to take care of ourselves, but ifwe value God we will rely on Him to take care of our needs. We value God when weacknowledge that He knows better than we do on what we need in our lives. Seeour Biblical Series on Gods Divine Nature for more commentary on the Christian valueof honoring God first in our lives.See Scripture Commentary: Matthew 6:33 gives us the advice to seek God and value Godabove all things.Christian Value: HopeHope is a core Christian value. A Christians hope is based on Jesus Christs promises thatHe can redeem mankind and provide mankind eternal life. The Christian value of hopeenables a Christian to be patient and persevere even though Jesus promises of eternal lifeare unseen and unrealized in this present time. See our Biblical Series on Hope andTrust for more commentary on the Christian value of hope.See Scripture Commentary: Romans 8:24 advises us to place our hope in God and not inmaterial things.Christian Value: RighteousnessRighteousness is a core Christian value. When a Christian accepts Jesus Christ as their Lordand Savior, he or she is now in right standing with God. They are a “new man”. A Christianis now set-aside for God to be holy and righteous. Righteousness becomes more and moreprecious as a Christian grows in his or her love of God. A Christian seeks to do Gods willand do what is right in Gods eyes because he or she desires to strengthen their relationshipwith God. See our Biblical Series on Righteousness for more commentary on theChristian value of righteousness.
  3. 3. See Scripture Commentary: Ephesians 4:24 give us advice to value righteousness andholiness.Christian Value: LoveLove is a core Christian value. Christian love is called “agape” love which means unmeritedfavor. Christians realize this type of love through God. Because of Gods unmerited favorand grace, He offers all of mankind eternal life through Jesus Christ. This is true love thatcomes from God. Christians in turn value Gods love and have a desire to provide this Godlylove of unmerited favor to others. See our Biblical Series on Love for more commentaryon the Christian value of love.See Scripture Commentary: Jude 21 advises us to value Godly love.Examples of other Christian Values which could also have beenincluded in this booklet: Creativity, Trust, Friendship, Hope, Humility,Responsibility, Healing, Faith, Commitment, Grace, Acceptance, Awe& Wonder, Simplicity, Unity, Patience, Understanding, Fellowship.Reverence is the proper human response to what is holy and sacred. It is related toawe and respect. It is this profound respect that is expressed in the Biblical phrase ‘thefear of the Lord’. This is not fear in the sense of terror or abject grovelling but areverent acknowledgment of God’s greatness and our complete dependence. Suchreverence is the proper response to the mystery of life and death, or to the createdworld in which we live.This profound respect for God is the spring from which trueworship flows.Although only God is truly worthy of reverence and worship, the Bible alsocontains the related concept of ‘honouring’. We are asked to honour one another andone of the ten commandments instructs us to honour our father and mother.Wisdom is insight into the way life works: a proper understanding of the consequencesof our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. It isrooted in proper reverence for God who is the source of all life and all values.Althoughrelated to education and knowledge, wisdom differs from cleverness. Wisdom may bebest described as discernment gained through life experience and distilled into guidingprinciples. Sometimes, the word is used in the Bible to refer to the practical andtechnical skills possessed by an experienced craftsperson or administrator.
  4. 4. In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom is sometimes personified and, at one point, is spokenof as she who worked alongside God as a master craftsperson when God created theworld. The opposite of wisdom is foolishness, which is a wrong understanding of life.Jesus tells the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21). Although this parable mayseem to be mainly about greed and obsession with money, at a deeper level it is aboutputting our trust or faith in the wrong things. It’s about missing the point; it’s about beinga fool. The fool does not realize that his soul is ‘on loan’ from God, who can require itback whenever he likes. The fool thinks that the aim of life is to ‘be happy’ and hethinks that you can gain happiness by doing what you want and be gaining more andmore possessions. The wise person recognizes their own limitations, trusts in God andunderstands that there is more to like than may be seen on the surface. The Bible oftenpoints out that God’s wisdom is the reversal of ‘the wisdom of the world’. Christ’ssacrificial life and his teaching about love and humility may appear foolish by the world’sstandards but, in reality, it expresses the Wisdom of God.Thankfulness has always been at the centre of the life and worship of God’s people.Thankfulness is directed towards God who gives and sustains life. Seeing the world asGod’s creation underpins the way we approach everything in life, seeing it as a gift andnot as a right. Thankfulness is important Thankfulness is a wholehearted response. Itstems from a consciousness of God’s gifts and blessings. It is a joyfulness that eruptsinto praise. Paul frequently encourages us to ‘be thankful’ (Colossians 3:15), to ‘givethanks in all circumstances’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and says that our lives should‘overflow with thankfulness’ (Colossians 2:7).For Christians the greatest of all acts ofworship is simply called ‘thanksgiving’ - eucharistia in Greek - thanksgiving for the deathand resurrection of God’s Son and the way of forgiveness that is opened up.Humility has a central place in Christ’s teaching. It is contrasted with pride, wherepeople ascribe to themselves the honour and glory which is God’s alone. Ultimately,pride seeks to compete with God, whereas humility acknowledges that God is God andthat we should live in trusting dependence upon God.The story of the Fall and the Tower of Babel are both about the potential of humanity tooverreach itself, to want to be like God. Thousands of years of human historydemonstrate the persistence and pernicious effects of this tendency.Jesus taught hisfollowers that if they wished to enter the Kingdom of Heaven they must be like children.This is no sentimental picture of children, who are quite capable of arrogance and thedesire to see the whole world revolve round them. Jesus is challenging people tobecome like those who have no legal or social standing, to become like servants.Throughout his teaching, Jesus uses a series of images and examples to encourage hisdisciples to ‘take the lower place’, or ‘to wash each other’s feet.’The words ‘humility’ and‘humanity’ are directly linked, both being derived from ‘humus’ - the earth. God madeus from the earth and in being humble we ‘earth’ our view of ourselves in reality. Whencompared to God we are nothing but that nothing is infinitely valuable to God who
  5. 5. shared human nature.The Christian doctrine of the Incarnation - the Son of God takinghuman flesh - is presented by Paul as the supreme act of humility in which Christ‘emptied himself’ and took the form of a slave (Philippians 2:5-11). The Christianmessage insists that it is through identifying with Christ’s humble service and sacrificethat we rediscover that other truth about ourselves - that we are sons and daughters ofGod and made in God’s image.The Bible makes it clear that God is on the side of thehumble and against the proud. As Mary sings in the Magnificat: He has brought downrulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble (Luke 1:52).In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-collector, Jesus criticises those who are‘confident in their own righteousness’ (Luke 18:9-14). He contrasts theself-congratulatory prayer of the one with the penitent humility of the other andconcludes with the words: ‘Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he whohumbles himself will be exalted.Although the word refers to humans standing firm in the face of hardship, persecution orscorn, it is important to note the constant assurance in the Bible that God’s love, mercy,faithfulness and righteousness endure forever (e.g. Psalm 118, 136).Emphasis upon endurance is common in the New Testament where it is linked withpatience and suffering. St Paul is certain that endurance is honed by suffering, is characterbuilding and is characterised by love (Romans 5:3-4; I Corinthians 4:12 – 13). It is linkedwith self-control, godliness (2 Peter 1:6) and steadfastness.At its root, endurance is recognition that life is sometimes difficult and painful, and that itis important not to give up in the face of adversity.Jesus endured rejection, abuse and the cross, and his followers are warned that they maywell have to share that pain as persecution took hold. Discipleship is depicted as ‘takingup the cross daily’ and following in Jesus’ footsteps (Luke 9:23).Endurance and perseverance are only possible where there is hope and that hope is basedon the enduring nature of God’s love and faithfulness. Even Jesus, for all his strength andability to endure, looked to his disciples to help and sustain him by watching and prayingwith him (Matthew 26).
  6. 6. Words relating to ‘servant’ and ‘service’ are central in Christian theology. Some of themost important prophecies in Isaiah speak of the coming of the ‘Servant of the Lord’ andhis role as a ‘suffering servant.’ That is why Jesus said that he ‘came not to be served, butto serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. This turned upside down thenormal relationship between master and disciple, leader and follower. In many ways, thisastonishing action symbolizes the essence of the Incarnation: God stooping to share thehuman condition. Jesus is very clear about the meaning of his action: ‘Now that I, yourLord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I haveset you an example that you should do as I have done.’The parable of the Good Samaritan shows we should serve those in need whoever theyare. Such service is not offered to gain some advantage for ourselves. ‘Going the extramile’ involves sacrifice, putting ourselves out for someone else’s benefit.Serving God means serving others. It also means that we cannot serve other masters aswell - such as money. However, the Christian message is equally clear that service is notall about restrictions. It is precisely in a life of service that we become most truly free.‘Compassion’ and ‘sympathy’ have much in common and both are stronger in meaningthan simply ‘feeling sorry for’ someone.The words have their roots in the idea of ‘suffering with’ someone, putting yourself insomeone else’s shoes and experiencing what they experience. This leads to a desire toact, to do something. It is not patronizing. It is not about ‘doing good’ from a position ofstrength or ‘remembering those less fortunate than ourselves’. Compassion requires anact of imagination and humility to share in the lives of others. Notice the qualities thatPaul links together. He says ‘clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience.’ (Colossians 3:12)Jesus showed compassion towards the ‘harassed and helpless’ crowds (Matthew 9.36) and
  7. 7. his works of healing were always prompted by compassion for people’s suffering. He weptat the death of Lazarus and was moved to act.The father in the parable of the Prodigal Son is not just forgiving. He is described as beingfilled with compassion. ‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and wasfilled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissedhim.’ (Luke 15:20) The father seems to understand everything that his son is feeling andresponds by giving him everything he needs: a whole-hearted welcome, acceptance andlove.Christians have always had to wrestle with the problem of how a loving God couldallow there to be evil and suffering in the world. There is no simple answer to this butwe make the first step towards understanding when we grasp the idea that God theFather is not passively observing the suffering of the world from the outside. God fullyidentified with human suffering in the life and death of Jesus and continues to work totransform the sufferings of the world through the work of the Holy SpiritTrust is the very essence of faith; trust in the God who is trustworthy.‘Trust in the Lord’ is a central theme in the Psalms. Time and time again, God is theacknowledged as the source of all true security and strength. This is contrasted with trustin chariots, horses, weapons, wealth or princes (Psalm 20:7; 118:8-9). We can easily thinkof the modern day equivalents. Trust placed in the wrong things is close to idolatry.Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entailsvulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts - pilots,dentists, surgeons. Yet, within our society, there often seems to be mutual distrustbetween people and those responsible for governing them.Marriage is founded on trust and is a God-given framework in which human trust can bedeveloped. The wording of the Christian marriage vows sends out a strong message in asociety where the breakdown of trust is widespread.
  8. 8. Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valuedand honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can relearn to trust. We can begin torebuild trust in our mistrustful society by being reliable ourselves, by not letting peopledown. Similarly, when we work with others, if we are willing to let go of control ourselvesand trust in the abilities and integrity of others, everyone can be enriched. Jesus, after all,entrusted his ongoing work to his disciples and ultimately to us.The Hebrew term for peace, ‘shalom’, has a deep and complex meaning, encompassingmuch more than simply the absence of hostility or war.Shalom includes ideas of healing and health, wholeness and well-being. It means harmony,stability and security within a community. It refers to relationships based on truth andrighteousness, where people flourish because they are nurtured.The Biblical picture of the age to come is one of Shalom. ‘Swords will be beaten intoploughshares’ … ‘the wolf shall live with the lamb… no-one shall hurt or destroy…’(Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-9). Traditional enemies will live together contentedly and the peoplewill be governed with wisdom, understanding and justice.In Jesus’ message, peace is an almost tangible element. It is his gift to his disciples. Pauldescribes God as the God of peace, the Christian message is called the ’gospel of peace’and peace is one of the ‘fruits of the Spirit’.It seems that humankind has to learn and re-learn the message of peace. It does notcome easily or automatically. We constantly fall back into hostility and suspicion. Peter,quoting the Psalms, says we must ‘seek peace and pursue it’ (1 Peter 3:11). Jesus blessesthose who are ‘peacemakers’ and calls them ‘sons of God’.It is noteworthy how often the word peace is used in parallel with the word‘righteousness’. Peace cannot come by simply wishing it to be the case. Peace is foundedon righteousness and justice.Christians are called to share in Christ’s work of restoring wholeness. The Christianvision in this respect is far-reaching and challenging: harmony between people, harmony
  9. 9. between people and God, and harmony between humans and the whole created order.Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God isdescribed as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18).Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. Forgive, he said, ‘seventy timesseven’ (Matthew 18:21). In other words, forgive and keep on forgiving without limit.Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and is at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer.When Jesus declared a person’s sins to be forgiven, it often aroused the anger of thosewho were less willing to forgive than he was and yet a prayer for the forgiveness of hispersecutors was on Jesus’ lips as he died. Christian preaching has always put forgivenessat the centre.We forgive because we are forgiven. Paul says: ‘Be compassionate and kind to oneanother, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4:32)The parable of the Unjust Steward tells of a servant who was forgiven his large debt onlyto be condemned because he refused to forgive a small debt owed to him.Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must begenuine and from the heart. Too often ‘sorry’ is said very easily, implying: ‘All I need to dois say I’m sorry and everything will be OK’. Real repentance demands that we take whatwe have done wrong with the utmost seriousness and have a deep desire not to do itagain.The whole sacrificial system in the Law of Moses was based on the principle thatforgiveness requires sacrifice. Animal sacrifices are no longer offered, but the truthremains that forgiveness is costly to all involved. Once we understand that, forgivenesscan be truly liberating both for the person who is forgiven and for the person whoforgives.Friendship is an undisputed value in our society, with children often spending more time
  10. 10. with their friends than with family. It is a key concept in the Christian framework, withJesus being criticised for being ‘the friend of sinners’ and eating with those whom societyrejected.Sharing a meal with someone is an explicit sign of friendship and the word ‘companion’literally means ‘one with whom you share bread.’Jesus tells stories of the heavenly banquet to which all are invited. The barriers betweenpeople are broken down in a loving community around God and Jesus had stern words tosay to those who refused to recognise that all are included in this community offriendship.The Bible has many sayings about friendship:‘A friend loves at all times.’ (Proverbs 17:17)Friends are not afraid to tell each other the truth and a friend’s loving criticism is worthmore than the empty compliments of someone who does not really care for you.‘Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.’ (Proverbs 27:6)The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it very simply: ‘if one falls down, a friend can lift him up’.(Ecclesiastes 4:10)The friendship of David and Jonathan is very strongly emphasised in the Bible, Abrahamis described as the friend of God (James 2:23) and Jesus explicitly calls his disciples notservants but friends (John 15:14 - 15).Trust, feeling comfortable in each other’s company, being able to share joys andsorrows are all features of friendship and these are things of immense value. Truefriendship enables each person to grow and ensures that the unique individuality of eachperson is recognised. All this echoes the value placed by God on the preciousness of eachperson.Hymns like ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ point to a relationship that is at the heart ofChristian believing. Knowing that God is our friend is to recover something of theacceptance and close companionship that people of all ages need and crave.
  11. 11. When thinking about ‘justice’, some people think first about giving wrongdoers thepunishment they deserve. ‘Justice’ evokes ideas of ‘just deserts’, ’the punishment fitting thecrime’, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.However, that would be a one-sided picture of justice. Justice also means giving allpeople - particularly the poor and oppressed - what it is right and fair for them to have:life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right andseeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and areleast able to protect themselves.In Exodus, the people are instructed to deal with everyone fairly and never to showpartiality to one group above another (Exodus 23:2,6).The Bible emphasises that ‘The righteous care about justice for the poor’ (Proverbs 29:7).Isaiah says: ‘Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless,plead the case of the widow’ (Isaiah 1:17). Justice is the ‘plumb line’ by which society ismeasured (Isaiah 29:17).According to Amos, its presence in society should be constant and abundant:‘Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’ (Amos 5:24)Throughout the Bible, it is emphasised that justice is immensely important to God. It isfundamental to God’s character. ‘For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright menwill see his face.’ (Psalm 11:7)Justice is not about a culture which encourages everyone to insist on their own rights atthe expense of others. It is about a community that knows that everyone’s well-being isbound up with that of everyone else.A commitment to justice leads to fierce opposition to injustice in whatever form it maybe found. Justice is a pre-requisite of peace: without justice there can be no peaceThe Christian understanding of hope illustrates how trivial our everyday use of the wordcan be. We hope that it will not rain for the picnic, or that the car will start or that the
  12. 12. plumber will come tomorrow.At a deeper level, hope is a universal human phenomenon. People hope for peace in timeof war; food in time of famine; justice in time of oppression. Where hope is lost there isdespair and disintegration. Hope generates energy and sustains people through difficulttimes. For some people, hope is so strong that it inspires self-sacrifice to turn hope intoreality.True hope is much more than a general idea that things will get better. It is more than abelief in progress, which sees the world and people as getting better all the time, growingaway from violence, ignorance and confusion. There has, of course, been genuineprogress: in technology, in communications, in medical care and in the protection ofpeople’s rights through the law. Nevertheless, terror and oppression, death and disease,greed and self-serving still govern the lives of millions. In the light of all this, belief in human progresslooks facile and deluding.Christian hope is grounded in the character of God. Often, in the Psalms, the writer saysto God: ‘My hope is in you’. It is a hope rooted in the love and faithfulness of God. Hopeis not wishful thinking but a firm assurance that God can be relied upon. It does notremove the need for ‘waiting upon the Lord’ but there is underlying confidence that Godis a ‘strong rock’ and one whose promises can be trusted. The writer to the Hebrewsdescribes the Christian hope as ‘an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. Even whenexperiencing exile, persecution, doubt or darkness, the Biblical writers trust in God’s‘unfailing love’ and know that he will be true to his covenant promises. That is the basis oftheir hope.Hope is not always spontaneous or easy. There is work to be done. As well as trustingGod, we have to develop qualities of steadfastness in our own character.Paul says: ‘We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; andcharacter, hope.’ (Romans 5:3-4)Hope is coupled with faith and love as one of the three most enduring gifts of the Spirit(1 Corinthians 13:13)
  13. 13. Belief in God as creator is not merely a belief about how everything began; it is theperspective from which we are to view all life including our own.It means that we place the highest value on this earth and see life as God’s gift.Pre-technological societies lived in close dependence on the earth. The daily strugglefor food and shelter, at the mercy of natural forces and the changing seasons, led to aprofound respect for the environment. With technological mastery has come a differentattitude: one that sees the earth as there to be plundered and exploited.Now we are reaping the whirlwind: with climate change, crises over access to water andfood, destruction of habitat and the rapid extinction of species. It is not clear whetherthe earth can still renew itself or whether the damage has gone too far. It is also not clearthat there is the will to stop, to restore this ‘blue planet’, our only fragile home.In Genesis, God gives humans certain rights over his creation. With these rights, comeresponsibilities. We are stewards. A steward manages an estate on the owner’s behalf. Wehave been given the earth to look after by God and to hold it in trust for futuregenerations. If the earth is to sustain our children and succeeding generations, this clearlyplaces limits on how we treat the earth.There have always been elements in the Christian tradition to remind us of ourresponsibilities and priorities. The Law of Moses made provision for a year’s ‘Sabbath rest’for the land every seven years and Francis of Assisi addressed the sun, moon, earth, windand water as his mother, sisters and brothers.Harvest and Rogation remind us of our dependence on the earth for our survival, andlead us to thank God as the ultimate source of all the earth’s riches.Although Genesis chapters 1 and 2 contain the most well-known accounts of Creation, itshould be remembered that there are extended presentations of the wisdom and majestyof God the Creator in Job 38-41 and in Isaiah 40-45. Also, in the New Testament, Paulexplains how Christ was central to creation (Colossians 1:15-16) and that not onlyhumankind but all creation shares in the redemption and renewal that Christ achieved
  14. 14. (Romans 8:19-22). The New Testament comes to a close with a vision of a new heavenand a new earth where, in imagery that recalls the Garden of Eden, all are nourished bythe spring of the water of life and all have access to the tree of life (Revelation 21).Koinonia: fellowshipThe use of the original Greek word emphasises the strength and importance of thisconcept within the Christian faith.Koinonia means ‘that which is in common’ and is often translated as ‘fellowship’ or‘community’. Other translations might include ‘union’, ‘partnership’, or ‘being yokedtogether’. A yoke is a shaped piece of wood that goes across the shoulders, often linkingtwo animals. By combining their strength, it helps work to be done and burdens to becarried.Koinonia expresses the quality of relationship within the Christian community. It is basedon fellowship with Jesus. Through him, Christians share the relationship that Jesus haswith God. In John 17, Jesus prays that all his followers may be ‘perfectly one’ as he andthe Father are one. Through him, Christians become sons and daughters of God andtherefore brothers and sisters of each other. They are all members of the same family.A central element of being a family is interdependence: all are needed and valued andeach person is important to the whole. The same message is found in Paul’s image of theChristian community as the body of Christ. Each member of the body shares the joys andsufferings of the others and each depends upon every else.The foundation of Christian koinonia is Christ’s self giving on the cross, the supremedemonstration of his love for all. We love because he loved us first.For the first Christians, this was expressed in a genuine common life with shared meals,shared possessions and practical support for the poor. The Christian church todaycontinues to serve not only those within the Christian community but any who are inneed
  15. 15. Self-evaluation and school improvementSchools that are outstanding or rapidly improving evaluate their own effectiveness accurately. They arereflective communities. The cycle of self-review is deeply embedded and engages all stakeholders.Progress accelerates where self-evaluation is insightful. It identifies where progress has been made and it alsoidentifies why. Improvement depends on leaders knowing how to capitalise on skills that already exist in theschool. They make brave decisions to empower colleagues and bring about change.Christian values offer a unique vehicle for evaluating how well schools shape the attitudes of students totheir learning and to life in the wider community. Schools already recognise this potential but have beenuncertain about the techniques they might employ.This new section of the website is written in response to the growing demand for a self-evaluation tool thatuses Christian values as a driver for school improvement.