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This year, OSTS offers something for everyone!

Courses are available in both the fall and winter terms, and are held on Monday evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. This year, we are offering courses in two modes: some in-person and others purely online. Please see the Courses page for more details.

Join us in celebrating the return to in-person classes with our Buy-1-Get-1-Free (BOGO) deal!

The Fall 2022 term courses start on September 19 and end on November 28.

The Winter 2023 term courses start on January 9 and end on March 20.



Join us: Register today!

Register online!   Each term is a total of 10 weeks, and consists of two 5 week courses. Fees are as follows:

$140 for both terms if payment made before or at the beginning of the fall term of an academic year.

$75 per term if payment made separately each term.

$25 per term for high-school or post-sec students.

The preferred method of payment is by Interac/e-transfer, though cheques may still be mailed. Payment in cash can be made before the start of classes on the first night. OSTS does not a have a membership fee.





Welcome to our website. We hope that you find your experience with it both user friendly and enjoyable. We ask that you notify us if you find any inaccurate links or pages.

BUY-1-GET-1-FREE (BOGO)  We feel that the return to in-person learning is a cause for celebration! We would like to recognize and reward participants who have been with us throughout covid. Also, we are very aware of the new financial pressures in recent months. For all these reasons, OSTS is providing a time limited offer for the 2022-2023 year: each returning student is eligible to invite one new participant to attend with them, completely free of charge. For the purposes of this offer, "new" is defined as not having attended OSTS in the previous 5 years. So find a friend, register, and have them register also! You can find clarifications of the details on the BOGO page.

New variants of Covid19 continue to make planning for the upcoming academic year very challenging. Though every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, it is still possible that additional changes may occur prior to the start of classes in Sept.

Accordingly, we would ask you to please check back here before classes begin, and click here to keep informed on the latest updates from the OSTS.

About Us

The OSTS was founded in 1964 as part of the Ottawa Presbytery of the United Church of Canada to provide theological formation to lay Christians. Over the years, it became an independent institution, pursued a more ecumenical mission and incorporated a larger interfaith perspective. Today, the OSTS opens its doors to all who have an interest in deepening their understanding of theology and spirituality.

OSTS acknowledges that it is located on the traditional unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin People. We are grateful to the Indigenous peoples for their guardianship – past, present and future - of this land and commit to continuing our path of exploration and discovery of their remarkable history and culture.

The OSTS has the official support of the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council, United Church of Canada, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the Presbytery of Ottawa of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa.



Feel free to contact us:

President - Ann Babin: (613) 830-8826
  Email: president@osts.ca
Publicity Chair - Norma Wrightly: (613) 283-2877
  Email: communications@osts.ca

Over the years, the OSTS has, in turn, found a home at various church buildings of our sponsoring denominations. For courses that are offered in person, OSTS is resuming our regular in-person format at the premises of the Dominican University College of Ottawa. Courses that are offered online will take place using Zoom.