Caring For Our Common HomeA Way of Proceeding

Faculty / Staff

“Our efforts at education will be inadequate and ineffectual unless we strive to promote a new way of thinking about human beings, life, society and our relationship with nature.” (LS 215)

Within our schools we, faculty and staff, have the unique opportunity to practice Ignatian pedagogy. We have the responsibility of providing a curriculum in all subjects that will engage our students in academic, spiritual and ethical thought which leads students to feel the beauty and interconnectedness of creation. We offer students both direct and vicarious experiences of threats to the integrity of creation.

These experiences lead them to opportunities to reflect on the attitudes and habits of consumption of resources that impact those in greatest need. Together with students, we can propose actions to reduce, reuse, recycle the scarce resources and conserve energy by relying on renewable sources of energy within our schools

Reflection

  • How do I model caring for our common home for myself, my students, and my school community?
  • How can we, individually and collectively, experience and understand the Ignatian perspective on caring for our common home?
  • How can we share the joy, excitement, and mystery of the natural world, and nurture our students’ inborn sense of wonder?

Action

  • Participate in at least one professional development opportunity each year on caring for our common home.
  • Design lesson plans and activities which give students an experience of the interdependence of all of creation and model care for our common home, initiating curricular change in all subjects.
  • Include service learning and advocacy for local environmental concerns in curriculum.