The Rev. Donald Schaible
St. Anne’s, Trexlertown
As the summer ends and fall begins, inevitably we think about the end of vacations and the start of school. As a teacher for many years, I looked forward to returning to the classroom. It was great to see the children again and hear the stories of their summer experiences. It was even better to engage them in the discussion of the various topics that were a part of the curriculum.
It was gratifying to have the students share the knowledge they already possessed as well as sharing the experience of learning new things. Admittedly, not all of the topics were exciting. However, what was always exciting was the way they approached the subject matter. They always had a lot of questions. Some of the questions helped them to clarify or solidify their understanding, and some were aimed at understanding why they had to learn the material. Those last questions were sometime better than the others.
I have always appreciated the honesty and directness that youth seem to have. In answering their questions, I had to re-evaluate what was being taught and why it was important. This is when learning and growth are fully engaged. This type of questioning leads to the best integration of the material taught. It is not “parroting” what is being taught but learning which leads to understanding.
On pilgrimage, it is very good to question and seek to understand “the styles of life and ministry you (God) have prepared for us,” especially as we “leave our comfort zones.” What made those places comfortable? What will the new or different forms of life offer to enhance and expand our journey together as disciples of Christ?
(Quotes from the Diocesan Pilgrimage Prayer)
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