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The spiritual theme for 2023-2024 is “Seek Truth, Speak Truth” with Psalm 119:10 as our key verse: “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” As the team considered the focus for the year, we wanted to echo John’s deep hope for our school community: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4.

To select the theme, the team invited staff to submit ideas, and we received many great verses and themes. A multi-campus group, consisting of Bible teachers, chapel coordinators and administrators, then met to discuss the selection of the spiritual theme for the coming year. We were looking for a key biblical concept that would have substantial breadth and depth for a year-long focus. We tried to identify something that is as meaningful to a three-year-old as to an eighty-three-year-old. We always try to build on spiritual themes from previous years to provide continuity and to ensure that we are covering a variety of themes.

There are several reasons that we believe it is important to focus on a spiritual theme. It provides the school community the opportunity to learn and investigate God’s word together. We are able to spend a year focused on a key concept in scripture that we can explore in music, visual art and words. It allows us to meditate on multi-faceted biblical gems. We’ve often marveled at how the Holy Spirit has used the theme to prepare us for events that we could never have anticipated.

We can’t wait to explore this theme together as a school community! Please continue to be in prayer for our school community as we embark on this important theme work this coming school year.

Ruth Kuder

By: Ruth Kuder

Ruth Kuder is the Executive Director & Head of School of Eastern Christian School

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