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Community, Belonging, and Ministry with CC

A potential and difficult challenge any homeschool mom may face is isolation. I am tempted to personify that term—Isolation, written like a name or proper noun. Make it a character as in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, like Obstinate, Prudence, Faithful, or Talkative. Their name messages their impact, character, and role with a clear signal if the companion helps or harms Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. Isolation isn’t necessarily that forthcoming.

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My Experience Directing: Overwhelmed Homeschool Parent to Licensed CC Director

I was not the new kid on the block. A seasoned homeschool mother and teacher, I had heard of Classical Conversations and had been intrigued. Having already purchased my own private library worth of books and classical curriculum, I was drawn to CC’s comprehensive experience and resources. But I tucked all that in my back pocket because there were no Classical Conversations programs near me.

My family grew along with my skills as a classical educator. And my life expanded too. Buffeted by an economic recession, my husband was convicted of the need to make a fundamental shift in our lifestyle. Twelve years ago, we took a financial blood bath on our suburban home’s sale and bought the farm, literally.

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Defending Host Churches Against Anonymous Letters

 

Several years ago, about 2500 churches that support and host Classical Conversations communities received anonymous letters demanding they disband their CC communities or else fear losing their non-profit status. In an article for The Federalist—an online magazine reporting on politics, religion, and culture—writer Jenni White argues against the claims of the anonymous letters, defending the thousands of churches who graciously support their local communities by providing homeschool families with a place to meet and educate their children. Below is a brief excerpt from the article:

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An Easter Message From CEO Robert Bortins

Think back a year to last Easter. To say these 12 months have been difficult is an understatement. People have experienced tragedy like never before. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness are the norm for many worldwide, causing some to seek any sort of escape just to make the days bearable. Even the most faithful of Christians can understandably have moments of doubt during these times, moments of questioning.

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My Classical Conversations Story – Robert Bortins

It was a beautiful, sunny day at Clemson University. I was in my sophomore year and had just dropped off my tuition check at the registrar’s office when I got a phone call from my mom, Leigh Bortins. We all have those moments in life that we remember so vividly. Typically, it’s something really life changing. My mom said, “Robert, your dad is thinking about getting you a car for college. He changed his mind, though, and quit his job. He is going to homeschool your younger brothers, and I am going to try to make Classical Conversations a real business. You’ll have to pay for the rest of college, yourself.” So, I went to the co-op office and asked what jobs they had available for the next semester.

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Is CC a Multi-Level Marketing Scheme?

“No way. Do not involve us in an educational multi-level marketing scheme!”

Having succeeded and failed at more than one multi-level marketing (MLM) “opportunity” in the past, it shocked me that my husband responded to my proposal that I Direct with Classical Conversations in such a forceful way. Surely, he could recognize that what I was describing was not anything like the modest successes and notable failures my MLM experience held?

Obviously not. Time to back pedal and respectfully explore his objection and perception.

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Why Study Old-Fashioned Subjects?

Classical Conversations’ Challenge programs introduce students to many valuable subjects as they practice the skills of learning. These subjects include some that are regarded as significant today, such as algebra. Others have fallen out of favor in academic circles, such as Latin, poetry, philosophy, and formal logic.

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The Power of Community – Not What You Think

Someone recently asked me to weigh in on their “be part of a local community” or “do Classical Conversations at home” dilemma. As I began to gather my thoughts, identify my best examples, and marshal my arguments, I realized that for me, the jury is not still out. I am wholly sold to the power of community! But, as I continued to think about the subject, I realized that the primary power of community is not what I once thought.

Finding God in Shakespeare

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is the quintessence of dust? (Hamlet II.ii.303-308)

When you read this, do you hear echoes of King David’s question from the Psalms: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? And yet, you have placed him a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor.” If you find yourself asking how God can be found in Shakespeare

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On the first day, God created light and it was good. On the second day, God created the heavens between the separated waters, and together the light and the heavens were good. He continued with each day’s creation being deemed good until the sixth day. On the sixth day, God created land animals and then man, male and female, in His image, to rule over all of creation. All of His creation was very good.

Being created in the image of our creating God, it is inherent in us to desire to make good things into more good things, and more good things into very good things.

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