The basis of teaching for us is the creation of a co-evolving system between the teachers and the participants. The co-evolutionary process provides the setting in which learning happens, but it also is the learning; it consists of the exchange between participants and observers and is about all of us being able to observe, in some way that exchange. In creating a co-evolving system, we are aiming to create a context in which the participants are learning and we are learning. They are learning about systemic thinking and family therapy and we are learning about teaching systemic thinking and family therapy.
We place great emphasis on the way we get feedback from participants about what they want right from the start of a teaching event, and this governs the way we spend the first day. It is important for us to let ourselves respond and be organized by what the group needs to develop, and not to teach from a script. We watch to see, for example, the differences and similarities among them relative to where they are in their learning. We try to get a sense of whether they are at Stage 1 or Stage 5 in that process, and what kind of blocks they might have that prevent them from moving on to the next stage. We speculate about that as we listen to their first bits of feedback; usually, for example, their expectations of the teaching event.
Jesus, you said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” Though you returned to the Father in heaven, you are still with us. Though you are preparing a place for me in eternity, you care about what I do here on earth. Guide me, Lord. Show me how to find you in everyone I meet. Help me to be your presence in this world. And keep me safe as I follow the way you have set before me. Amen.
In the forty days that followed his resurrection, Jesus stayed with his friends, ate and drank with his disciples, and continued to teach them about the Kingdom of Heaven. Until one day, as we read in Luke’s Gospel, “he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk 24:50–52).
In the Incarnation, Jesus descended from the Father in order to be with us and save us. His mission on earth ends with the Ascension, when Jesus ascends to heaven and returns to the Father. As it says in an ancient commentary on the Creed, Jesus ascends to heaven to carry us there as well. Jesus had told his disciples, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may also be” (Jn 14:2–3).
The artist’s own work is used to highlight and distinguish this creative resume; the quote beneath her name gives further insight into her unique qualities. Her part-time work for the last three years is the central focus of the resume and helps position her above other recent graduates.
RESUME 60: BY ANN STEWART, CPRW
This resume is distinguished by the box design that sets off key information—technical skills and manager’s endorsements.
RESUME 61: BY MICHELLE DUMAS, CPRW, NCRW, CCM
This great-looking resume would attract attention even if the individual didn’t have strong qualifications! The technical summary in the left column is an effective way to highlight key technical skills. Note the reference to his online portfolio—a wonderful selling strategy for a Web designer.
RESUME 62: BY JANICE WORTHINGTON, MA, CPRW, JCTC, CEIP