Joining the Dots is a programme in spiritual renewal for all involved in the school system. Originally designed for teachers in the Catholic setting, through piloting it has since evolved beyond teaching staff to include special needs assistants, administrative staff, parents, members of boards of management, parish educators, pastoral ministers, and indeed combinations of all these groups.
Comprising a five-week programme of one evening per week, Joining the Dots is designed to address the challenge of linking one’s experience of life, personal spiritual quest and work in a Catholic school, attempting to give participants time and space to reflect on the personal reality of their own spirituality and how this integrates with their lives.
Amalee Meehan, Ph.D. Boston College, taught science with Colaiste Iognaid, Galway, before joining Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST), where she works in faith development. She teaches on the MA Christian Leadership in Education with Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, and is the co-author of two religious education textbooks for US Catholic High Schools as part of the Credo Series (Veritas, forthcoming).
Long ago, Plato said that the role of the teacher is to 'turn the soul' of students toward the true, good, and beautiful. Joining the Dots is a great achievement - a very creative resource for educators in the changing, challenging work they do that will help them to nourish their own souls and inevitably, those of their students.
- Professor Thomas H. Groome, Boston College
We cannot overestimate the importance of teachers for the flourishing of our Church and our society. Joining the Dots is a wonderful and imaginative initiative to support all involved in education in the formation of the next generation in a faith that is lively and hopeful.
- Timothy Radcliffe OP
This book is very timely and very rich -//offers an opportunity to step outside the normal challenges of school and work to those whose lives are spent in constant interaction with others and about others. It could facilitate a deep experience of the calling to be a Christian in community today. It could enrich and embolden those who take the journey. It could reinvigorate the tired, refresh the weary, open the eyes to joy and wonder. It is an opportunity to walk on the sacred ground ofyour life and other lives. Through grace each participant who volunteers for the journey will surely be led gently into a closer relationship with God.
- Baroness Nuala O'Loan
Our Christian faith teaches that God speaks to us. But how can we hear God's word? Amalee Meehan's work does just this; it helps us to tune in our minds and hearts in a deeper way. This is particularly important for teachers in Catholic schools. As educators, we need spiritual nourishment if we are ever to hear the same music that Jesus heard or to see in human existence the miracle that he saw.
- Fr Michael Drumm, Catholic Schools Partnership