Dear Friends: Thank you all for making the 2017 SAES Biennial Conference such a success!
This 60th Anniversary Celebration was a combination of worship, family reunion, and professional development. Brené Brown’s keynote presentation on the spiritual crisis of connection and the importance of “belonging” was well-received. She focused on four practices to find our way back to courage and connection:
- People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
- Speak truth to BS. Be Civil.
- Hold Hands. With Strangers.
- Strong Back. Soft front. Wild heart.
Also, it was an honor to have Donna Orem, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in attendance to address our heads of school. Donna reviewed trends in the industry currently being studied by NAIS. There was a lot of material in her presentation which requires our reflection and discussion. Please look for more information for an opportunity for the heads to gather for additional conversation in the new year.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. David A. Madison, D. Min.