Educators Convention 2013 – Keynote Speakers

 

Marilyn McEntyre

“Stewards of Stories”

Caring for word and story is like caring for the life of the soil. Poor farming methods can deplete good soil, and poor language practices—hyperbole, half-truths, propaganda, media spin, and wide tolerance of lies—can make the discourses of church, state, and family less usable and life-giving. Words and stories are a sacred trust for those of us whose vocation is to teach others how to use them well. In this session Marilyn McEntyre will invite you to consider your work as stewards of the stories that sustain community life—how sharing them, telling them in new contexts, revisiting them with new critical lenses, and protecting them from trivialization can meet very real needs for people who face unprecedented cultural, economic and environmental challenges. Marilyn McEntyre has taught literature, humanities, and medical humanities for over thirty years. Before receiving her PhD from Princeton University in 1984 she taught high school English and biblical studies for several years. Her students have included not only undergraduate and graduate students but also adults in church education programs, workshops, and retreats. She is a Fellow at the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College and Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities at UC Berkeley. Her recent books include Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, Reading Like a Serpent: What the Scarlet A is About and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out. Her next book, What’s in a Phrase? will be published this winter by Eerdmans.

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“Stewards of Stories”

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Justin Cook

“Seeing through Blind Bartimaeus’ Eyes: Learning for Inward and Outward Flourishing’

Most educational systems in the entire world are re-considering what makes for a good education. How does the Biblical narrative inspire our educational practice here in Ontario? And how come our personal narratives as students, teachers, and leaders so often get in the way? Are recent educational commitments like restorative practices and project-based learning going to change anything? Perhaps we might find some answers following Blind Bartimaeus into the heart of the city to the Courtyard of the Gentiles where all are invited to learn together. Perhaps his story might help us to see and to live out dreams and visions that God has been pouring out on us for our own healing, for the flourishing of our students and schools, and even perhaps for our larger communities. After teaching in British Columbia, Toronto, and at his almamater Hamilton District Christian High School, Justin Cook has recently joined the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools as the Director of Learning, where he is excited to partner with schools in a vision of learning for flourishing communities. At home, Justin and his wife Rachel (and their three beautiful children!) love trying to live intentionally in their neighborhood: sharing and restoring a multi-unit house, practicing hospitality, buying and growing food locally, walking to church with their children, feasting with friends. Justin attended Redeemer University College and Calvin College, and is currently an M.A. candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, ON.

 

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“Seeing through Blind Bartimaeus’ Eyes: Learning for Inward and Outward Flourishing’

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