Throughout Teaching for Transformation, we repeatedly invite one another to play our part in God’s redemptive story through the teaching and learning in our classrooms.
This invitation is integral to the TfT Bulletin itself: we want every Bulletin to share stories of teachers and students responding to this invitation—stories of partnering with God in the making of all things new. These stories challenge us to design learning that invites us over and over into this story of restoration and renewal.
What does this restoration and renewal look like? I appreciate South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s (1931–2021) vision of what it means to partner with God in fulfilling God’s dream for the world:
Dear Child of God, before we can become God’s partners, we must know what God wants for us. “I have a dream,” God says. “Please help Me to realize it. It is a dream of a world whose ugliness and squalor and poverty, its war and hostility, its greed and harsh competitiveness, its alienation and disharmony are changed into their glorious counterparts, when there will be more laughter, joy, and peace, where there will be justice and goodness and compassion and love and caring and sharing. I have a dream that swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, that My children will know that they are members of one family, the human family, God’s family, My family.”
Tutu’s words make a compelling case for practicing TfT Throughlines both locally and globally as we partner with God in pursuing shalom.
May God’s kingdom come. May it become so.