In Episcopal schools, the study of religion is considered part of what it means to be an educated, literate, and reflective person. Through scholarly exploration and experiential education, we use the majestic space of Grace Cathedral as an entry point for understanding spiritual and religious approaches to life, arts, culture, and the practice of justice.
Lower School students learn about religion by exploring the diversity of holidays, festivals, and rituals found within both the Episcopal tradition and religious traditions throughout the world.
Each year in Upper School, students have Religion class integrated into their ongoing curriculum. Grade 5 and 6 students explore faith and spirituality by focusing on the stories, practices, questions, art, and locations central to world religions. Grade 7 and 8 students compare the lives, leadership, and philosophy of key figures, including Moses, Jesus, Plato, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, Saint Francis, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Religion curriculum culminates with each Grade 8 student writing a spiritual or philosophical treatise about himself that becomes his ‘Chapel Talk,’ which he delivers before his family, classmates, and teachers during Upper School Chapel.
We do not ask people to hide their religious identities or let spiritual questions go unasked. Rather, we embrace the study of religion as a way to deepen an understanding of self and others, one that offers all students the opportunity to explore ultimate questions of God, faith, and meaningful ways of life.