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7515 East 13th, Wichita, KS 67206

June & July Hours | By Appointment Only

316.201.4810 | info@csawichita.org

PAIDEIA

“There are two types of education: one should teach us how to make a living, and the other should teach us how to live.”

– John Adams

Action & Contemplation: Friends of Wisdom in a Time of Crisis

Action & Contemplation: Friends of Wisdom in a Time of Crisis

I. These are challenging times. Perhaps, amidst the shifting sands of our social landscape, the news headlines, the real need and suffering of those around us, and the incessant activity of mind and body all these can precipitate, we may have been able to find at least some moments for rest and reflection. It is precisely at times like these that the importance of both action and contemplation becomes evident. One sustains and supports the other. They are sibling orientations of the soul. ...

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Stories in April

Stories in April

I. What I would like to offer in today's Paideia post is twofold: 1) a reflection on storytelling (part I); and 2) an announcement in light of that reflection about a new way for CSA students to remain actively creative during this period of remote learning (part II below). As with so many things, we will look to the past for inspiration in this. History is full of pandemics that required prolonged quarantining. Because of this, the act of trying to find some respite, relief, and even...

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Quarantine and Lent: The Time that is Given to Us

Quarantine and Lent: The Time that is Given to Us

I want to offer a brief reflection today that draws some connections between Lent and the relative quarantine in which we find ourselves. I say ‘relative’ because the State of Kansas/Sedgwick county stay-at-home orders currently in place do allow us quite a bit of freedom, albeit with strict suggestions on socializing, the size of gatherings, and what the essential functions and institutions are in commerce, infrastructure, and society.  While the novel coronavirus may be a novel experience...

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Annunciations

Annunciations

I want to begin by wishing you all a blessed feast of the Annunciation of the Good News by the Archangel Gabriel to Mary! All around the world, Christians are celebrating this great event, recounted in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.  This “annunciation” - an older way of saying “announcement” - comes in the form of a twofold message from the archangel. First, Gabriel hails Mary with an imperative: “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”  Mary...

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History: Here & Now – by Miss Moriah Murphy

History: Here & Now – by Miss Moriah Murphy

In our studies of the history of the world in 2nd grade, my class has recently landed in the fascinating and tumultuous world of Ancient Rome. From Romulus and Remus through the days of the Republic right up to, most recently, Julius Caesar, the stories, historical accounts, and myths of ancient Rome have captured and enraptured the second-grade students. They’re not the only ones. I was fortunate enough in college to spend 6 months studying in the beautiful city of Rome. There, history is not...

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The Examined Life & the Good Restlessness: Classical, Orthodox Christian Education

The Examined Life & the Good Restlessness: Classical, Orthodox Christian Education

The Athenian philosopher Socrates taught that the proper education of children safeguards the integrity and durability of civilization. Why? Because the “proper” education of children – a classical education – ensures that the mind, body, and soul of each student are strengthened and refined in the activities that are natural to them: thinking, acting, and living “the examined life.” For Socrates, education should create the internal conditions – virtue, wisdom, and the love of truth – out of...

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Why Teach Children Poetry? – by Mr Luke Gilstrap

Why Teach Children Poetry? – by Mr Luke Gilstrap

For me, the heart of the nature poem has always been grounded in its need to pronounce—again and again—that the world is and for no reason. The journals of Lewis and Clark, replete with the struggle and urgency to find a language for the expanse and abundance of the world they were confronted by, added over 1,500 words to the American language. Or think of the child’s hunger for words—what’s this, the child asks, what’s this, what’s this. -Robert Cording, “To Discover an Order as of a Season”...

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MLK: A Vision for Education – by Ms. Vas Oldziey

MLK: A Vision for Education – by Ms. Vas Oldziey

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I spent sometime earlier this month reading through quotes of the Civil Rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. King’s inspiration for his work and writings came from a deeply rooted Christian upbringing and beliefs. For almost every quote I read, a Biblical equivalent came to mind. His words resonate, not...

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