Catholic School Matters
November 9, 2020
God in Disguise
In early October, I was informed that my superintendent position is being eliminated at the end of this academic year (see announcement here) due to a fiscal shortage. This is unfortunate for our schools and disruptive for the life of the Uhl family. But it's a challenge that we'll all face and I thought I would share a few insights which have emerged since then.
Insight #1: God comes to us disguised as our life.
I’ve read this quote by Fr. Richard Rohr attributed to Paula D’Arcy, who was writing after a drunk driver killed her husband and one-year-old child. I’m not the best listener or observer to my own life. So it makes sense that God would use something as drastic as my job being eliminated to spur me to action. I’m paying attention now!
I’ve come to view this negative news as a gift. In this tumultuous 2020, it was the final upending. It’s time to take stock of what I’m doing and figure out where God is calling the Uhl family.
Insight #2: God speaks to us through others.
I often ask God to reveal his plans for me during prayer. But it never comes right then. However, in the past few weeks, friends and colleagues have reached out to guide me, direct me, and lift me up. So now I’m keeping a “words” journal to keep track of the insights and consolations that are coming from my conversations.
I’m having great conversations and re-connecting with friends and former colleagues that I haven’t spoken to in years. It’s been a fruitful few weeks. So what am I going to do? Right now I’m attracted to the idea of returning to school leadership and putting my efforts and focus on one community.
I am planning to keep serving Montana Catholic Schools for the next eight months and helping schools transition to the new normal. And I’ll be placing Catholic School Matters on hiatus for a couple of months to give me more time to explore new opportunities. Don't worry, I plan to resume in 2021.
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Dr. Tim Uhl
Teaching & Learning
Catholic School Matters podcast
Wednesday on the Catholic School Matters podcast I have the chance to catch up with Dr. Hosffman Ospino of Boston College. We talk about building a better church to reflect the reality of our American Catholic Church. He has an exceptionally valuable idea for Catholic schools--namely, to focus on recruiting the burgeoning Hispanic middle class.
Check out the past episodes from this season:
- Nov 4th: Dave Stuart, Jr.
- Oct 28th: George Couros
- Oct 21st: Dr. Christian Dallavis from Partnership Schools
- Oct 14th: Fr. Eric Ramirez, SJ from Regis Jesuit HS
- Oct 7th: Dr. Debbie Sullivan & FADICA reports
- Sep 30th: John Galvan from the Diocese of San Diego
- Sep 23rd: Elizabeth Goettl, CEO, Cristo Rey Network
- Sep 16th: Dr. Tim McNiff of Engineering Tomorrow.
- Sep 2nd: Dr. Brandi Odom Lucas of Verbum Dei (Cristo Rey) HS
- August 26th: Jenny Oliver, the principal of St. Joe's in Auburn, CA
- August 26th: Br. John Montgomery, FSC, the principal of Cathedral High in Los Angeles
- August 26th: Leanne Geise, president of Dominican High in Wisconsin
- August 19, 2020 Bea Kaleva (MT attorney) on COVID-related legal issues
- August 12, 2020 Dr. Daryl Hagan of the Diocese of Evansville on reopening
What I'm Reading
The Last 5 Books:
- Friedman's Fables (1990) by Edwin H. Friedman
- I Want to See: What the Story of Blind Bartimaeus Teaches Us (2017) by Roc O'Connor, SJ
Jesus and the Disinherited (1996) by Howard Thurman
Show Them You're Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College (2020) by Jeff Hobbs
What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era (2020) by Carlos Lozada
Click this link for a full list of my professional reading
Past Issues of Catholic School Matters
Nov 2, 2020 "Sharks and Survival"
Oct 26, 2020 "Mt. Rushmore Controversy"
Oct 19, 2020 "The Cleveland Partnership"
Oct 5, 2020 "Governance Reform"
Sep 28, 2020 "Autonomy & Radar"
Sep 21, 2020 "Learning While Doing"
Sep 14, 2020 "Connecting the Disconnected"
Aug 31, 2020 "Racial Injustice"
Aug 24, 2020 "Figuring it Out"
Aug 17, 2020 Serenity Prayer
May 24, 2020 Value Proposition During Uncertain Times
For previous newsletters, click this link