Christ, Conscience, Curriculum Conference
Nearly 275 educators from across Asia and the United States gathered in Hong Kong October 21-22, 2011 for the Asia Lutheran Education Association conference. The theme for the conference this year was Christ, Conscience and Curriculum: Schools In Mission, and Rev. Andy Whaley, conference chaplain, helped focus on the conference verse 1 John 3:16-18.
The first day of the conference was hosted by The Lutheran Church—Hong Kong Synod at Concordia Lutheran School, Kowloon. During the morning session, participants experienced a paper bag making poverty simulation presented by David Begbie of Crossroads International (Hong Kong). The afternoon session included a keynote address by Rev. John Nunes, president of Lutheran World Relief, and opportunities to attend a number of different breakout sessions.
The second day of the conference was hosted by Hong Kong International School. Dr. Marty Schmidt and Mike Kersten led participants through a social consciousness workshop focused on service learning during the morning session. Participants were encouraged to find new opportunities for their students to
reach out to their own communities. The afternoon included more breakout sessions and a celebratory dinner.
The ALEA Connect site was also launched during the conference to help educators share resources.