Our Spiritual Theme 2018-2021
The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has again adopted a Board-wide Spiritual Theme to guide the school board community through the years 2018 to 2021. Our Spiritual Theme “Seek Justice, Love Kindness & Mercy, Walk Humbly with God” enables our staff, students, and community to dig deep into the Gospel to make real and meaningful connections with our everyday lives. This three-year theme will focus on Catholic social teachings to align with global competencies and encourage learners to think globally and act locally.
Year one of the Spiritual Theme will begin in September 2018, with a focus on the “Seek Justice” component. It will enable us to introduce Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as a lens for learning throughout the curriculum. Students of all ages can adopt the Catholic social themes to develop a gospel centred and Catholic worldview. These themes — such as Dignity of the Human Person, Preferential option for the Poor, and Stewardship for Creation, as examples — can be a launching space for Deep Learning to occur.
We look forward to showcasing the ways in which our staff and students connect with this spiritual theme.
Year One (2018-2019 school year)
The first year will focus on social justice to introduce Catholic social teaching as a lens for learning throughout the curriculum.
Through faith we are called to justice and through justice we are called to faith. We find the call to justice throughout scripture. The Good News that we proclaim is liberty to captives, hope to those in poverty, freedom to those in oppression, and sight to the blind.
Love Kindness & Mercy
Year Two (2019-2020 school year)
The second year will focus on healthy relationships and family.
God is love. This concept can never be explored fully, and yet, it is the culmination of the hope of humanity. The discernment of this year can be on good friendships, avoiding all that can hinder healthy community. This will be meaningful to both staff and students.
Walk Humbly with God
Year Three (2020-2021 school year)
The third year will promote humility and an awareness of our need for God’s mercy and love in our lives.
We are called to live an authentic faith, close to our God in lifelong discovery leading to transformation. This depth of awareness enhances our personal wellness and encourages us to participate in God’s restorative justice.