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Youth and Educators

Catholic Social Teaching

"Sharing Catholic Social Teaching"
A statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, click here.

Office for Social Concerns
Resources (additional resources not listed on this page) | Issues | Programs | Events | Legislative Advocacy | Office for Social Concerns Homepage

Lesson Plans and Activities

USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
For Educators  - This comprehensive webpage produced by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development provides an overivew of Catholic social teaching, lesson plans, and links to resources.

Resources for Youth and Schools

For College Students - USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development has collaborated with eleven Catholic organizations to creat a new website to help college students and campus ministers promote Catholic social teaching on campus.

Death Penalty
Death Penalty - The Catholic Conferece of Ohio's death penalty webpage has a comprehensive listing of links and resources that can be used for student research projects.

Environmental Justice
Resources to promote good stewardship of God's creation, click here.

Faithful Citizenship
Resources to promote political responsibility, click here.

Global Solidarity
Catholic Relief Services
Ways to Participate (CRS) - Here you will find information on programs like Operation Rice Bowl, Food Fast, and Cyber Bridges that connect classrooms here to classrooms overseas.
Going Global with Youth (CRS) - Lesson plans and other opportunities for youth.
Fair Trade (CRS) - Education downloads including fliers, brochures, posters, and teaching modules relating fair trade to Catholic social teaching.

Poverty USA Education Center - Catholic Campagin for Human Development - This website presents classroom teachers, community, church and service group leaders, home schoolers, and other educators with resources they can use to initiate meaningful discussions about poverty in America today.

Ending Poverty in Community Curriculum (EPIC) - A toolkit for Young Advocates, is an interactive, interdisciplinary curriculum for youth ministry programs and high school classrooms.

Respect Life
Respect Life - The USCCB Office for Pro-life Activities offers a comprehensive overview of protecting life in all stages.  This website provides links to issues for student research papers and ways you can act.

Domestic and International Issues
Issue Listing - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Issue Listing at the State Level - Catholic Conference of Ohio.

Immersion Programs / Student Retreats

The Office for Social Concerns conducts immersion experiences for youth and young adults.
Univeristy of Notre Dame Urban Plunge Program
48 hour immersion experience in the inner city.  Annually, the Office for Social Concerns coordinates the Columbus site.  The event is co-sponsered by the Columbus chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Club.

High School Inner-city Immersion Retreats
The Office for Social Concrens coordinates large-scale immersion retreats for Catholic high schools in the diocese.  During the day-long retreat, students pray, learn about Catholic social teaching, and volunteer at serveral locations throughout the city.  The office led retreats for the junior classes of Bishop Hartley H.S., Bishop Watterson H.S., and St. Francis DeSales H.S.  Nearly 2,000 students and faculty have participated in the retreats since 2005.

Faculty In-service Presentations and Retreats
The Office for Social Concerns provides faculty in-service presentations, trainings, and retreats. 

Good Friday - Downtown Walking Stations of the Cross

The Office for Social Concerns and the diocesan Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry co-sponsor the annual Downtown Walking Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 8:00 a.m. at St. Jospeh Cathedral, 212 E. Broad Street, Columbus.  Hundreds of youth from around the diocese paricipate.

Other Helpful Diocesan Links

Office of Catholic Schools

Office of Religious Education & Catechesis

Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry | OYYAM Social Justice Resources Page

Marriage & Family Life Office | Marriage & Family Life Enrichment Resources (one page topic sheets)

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