Hi Friends:

At church this past Sunday, we heard the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand with just a few simple pieces of food (Matthew 14:13-21). I love this miracle. It is one of the few things that appears in all four gospels. A few brief reflections upon Jesus giving the command to his disciples to feed the crowds:

1) The reaction of the disciples resonated with me--"How can we feed them? Look at what little we have! We don't have the resources we need! We don't have the necessary infrastructure or the skills to get this done! This is impossible!" Does any of that sound familiar?

2) Jesus' direction was clear--"You feed them." Jesus knew where they were and he knew what time of day it was. The disciples weren't telling him anything new. Yet the command was the same--take care of them. You feed them.

3) The scarcity of what they had yielded to the abundance that resulted from their act of faith.

Now, we are about to all launch into a new school year under very unusual circumstances. Circumstances that leave us feeling inadequate and wondering whether or not we will be able to pull it off. For many of us, we are facing a combination of challenges; any one of which would be enough to keep us up at night. Yet our mission remains the same.

The teaching from this gospel message is clear. Offering what we have in service to others in the name of our Lord--regardless of how small we think it might be--will be blessed and will yield abundance.

Try not to lose sight of this reality. We know the circumstances that we are in--no one is denying that they are challenging. However, as leaders, we need to be reminded and remind others of the abundance that results from consistent acts of faith.

With blessings,

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Best Practices for
Board Presidents
August 13, 2020
12:00 noon CST

As the leader of the school board, you are uniquely positioned to set the school community up for success. This webinar will share some tips and strategies that will make the 20-21 school year the best it can be.

SAES Vital Signs
September 8, 2020
10:00 am CST

To remain a healthy school in today’s educational marketplace and to provide a quality education for students, school leaders must wrestle with a variety of issues. This webinar explores indicators correlated with the strength and vitality of an Episcopal school.

David Epstein
Keynote Speaker
OCTOBER 21-22, 2021
"Range is an urgent and important book, an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance."--Daniel Pink

"I want to give Range to any kid who is being forced to take violin lessons--but really wants to learn the drums."
--Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the bestseller The Sports Gene. He has master's degrees in environmental science and journalism and has worked as an investigative reporter for ProPublica and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. His thesis explores how students prepared to be generalists as opposed to specialists are primed to excel.
St. Andrew's University
Scotland, UK

Teaching Grant Opportunity
New Visions in Theological Anthropology, a project to encourage teaching and study in science-engaged theology run by the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK 

  • Opportunity to develop a new course (classes) which incorporates empirical research in some aspect of theology and / or religion. 
  • We welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with empirical science. 
  • Courses (classes) can be:  
  1. for high schools, lower-division undergraduates, upper-division undergraduates, or for Master’s degrees; 
  2. (where relevant) open to any major or limited to theology/religion;
  3. would typically be offered by one or more of your departments including: theology, religion, philosophy, liberal studies, interdisciplinary studies, or similar. 
  • Compensation:  
  • Those selected will be awarded a stipend of £2,000 
  • Eligibility for a travel bursary (£500) to share findings at next American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 
Application instructions and selection criteria can be found at ( Applicants from high schools may be exempt from the PhD requirement however would be expected to be experienced teachers in one of the above-named disciplines.
Questions can be sent to the Science-Engaged Theology Initiative at the University of St Andrews:
The next application round deadline is 15 August 2020. Additional application rounds will be announced regularly until early 2022. 


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