Volume 17 Number 1 

Change, Chaos, and Resilience:
Thriving in a Turbulent World

Genevieve Boucaud

 


Millennial Students in Higher Education:
Changes Needed from Christian Teachers

Carlos Biaggi
 
Holding on to Their Faith: The Lived Experiences of
Adventist Church Members in SSD

Arceli H. Rosario, Carthy Joy T. Aguillon,
Ray G. Opao, Sussa B. Opao, & Jimmy V. Adil


A Brief Ethnography on Philippine English
Safary Wa-Mbaleka, Claudia Blath
Janice Lloren, & Wenwan Duan
 


International Forum 
Vol. 17, No. 1
April 2014
Print ISSN : 0119-2000
Online ISSN : 2350-7497
 
EDITORIAL

Change, Chaos, and Resilience:
Thriving in a Turbulent World

 

         Ever-evolving technologies, wars, emerging national alliances, changing currencies, redefinitions of what constitutes the family, revolutions on religious fronts, and a myriad of other factors have made turbulence a way of life.  Whether positive or negative, these factors change our environment and our experiences. Like change itself, it seems that turbulence is an inevitable reality.  How we respond to turbulence, our resilience or adaptability, largely determines whether turbulence results in chaos or drives us to improvement. In between the change and the chaos, resilience redirects a course to development. Former US public official Ramsey Clark stated, “Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity.  Let’s love turbulence and use it for change”. Turbulence surrounds us but it need not define us. The difference is in the response to turbulence. Transcendence through resilience is the key to adapting to change, avoiding the chaos, and thriving in this turbulent world.
          Biaggi opens the discussion with an article that examines the role of resilience. It highlights the need for adaptability by higher education educators in order to cater to the changing natures of Millennial students. Biaggi suggests that millennial students learn differently and higher education teachers need to adapt to their changing natures in order to be effective disciple-makers and cultivate a passion for learning. Key criteria, according to his article, include teacher modeling of desired traits, nurturing of community, mission service opportunities, and intentional character development specifically catered to millennials.
          Rosario, Aguillon, Opao, Opao, and Adil examine factors that contribute to resilience. Suggesting that attrition is a reality in church membership, the authors explore factors that contribute to faith nurture and commitment that caused members to remain in the Adventist church in the South Asia Pacific Division. The article suggests prayer, Bible-study, and church attendance, and church activities as contributors to retention and recommends that the home, school, and church work to improve self-resiliency so member can maintain their faith.
          In another perspective, Wa-Mbaleka, Blath, Lloren, and Duan examine the changing nature of language in the Philippines. The simultaneous use of English and Tagalog are resulting in code-switching between the languages creating what is commonly called Taglish, a mixture of both languages. Code-switching then presents difficulties for some individuals, especially foreigners, who speak only one of those languages. The article presents that adaptation, and not substitution, is vital. Both languages should be accommodated; however, they must be kept pure in order to promote understanding by a wider demographic.
It also suggests that factors that impact English language acquisition, such as socio-economic status and age of exposure to language immersion, be considered by public and private educational institutions in designing programs for a purist approach to both languages.
          These three articles provide different perspectives on change, resilience, and the response to change. They also provide direction for avoiding the chaos that can result from a lack of accommodation. It has been an interesting journey working with these articles and authors as associate editor of this issue. It is my hope that as you read you may gain insights on resilience and on thriving in today’s changing world, but more so it is my hope that it will prove to be of personal relevance to your current experiences.


 


Genevieve Boucaud, Doctoral Candidate
Associate Editor, International Forum
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite, Philippines