Episcopal Schools believe in educating the whole person by developing discerning minds, healthy bodies and lively spirits. The pursuit of academic excellence is best realized when complemented by worship rooted in the Christian tradition, religious education, service and social responsibility, and within an inclusive community.
The Chaplains are Episcopal clergy who lead daily prayer services in the Episcopal tradition, and Eucharist (a communion service) once a week. We use the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal 1982 and other Episcopal resources. While our prayers and scripture readings are rooted in the Christian tradition, our homilies and reflections are broad, offering opportunities for people to listen to and apply these messages to their own faith traditions. Time in Chapel is used as an opportunity for prayer, personal reflection, student leadership, music performances, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and for Division announcements. We applaud individual and collective victories, offer prayers for our community, mark traditions of each school year and encourage a commitment to ministering to the needs of a broken world.
Because religion is so interwoven into the fabric of our humanity and human history, we believe it is vitally important for our students to be religiously literate. In an age-appropriate way, we study religions following the Episcopal model of balancing Scripture, tradition, and reason. We move from Godly Play (a hands-on method of studying Bible stories) to literacy of the Bible and Christian tradition, to study of World Religions (Grades 4, 8 and 11), and ultimately discussion of the moral, ethical and religious issues facing our young students. We focus on teaching students how to think, not what to think, developing intellectual empathy and compassion in our students.
Service and Social Justice
The foundation of the Episcopal Church is built upon the principles of an active, Christian community. Shaped by Jesus’ call to love God and love our neighbors, we seek to instill a deep sense of social and civic responsibility, to reach out to those in need and address the systemic issues of injustice. It is an opportunity for students to impact and be impacted by their community, engage in diverse experiences, and connect classroom learning to real-world experiences.
Through word and deed, All Saints' demonstrates and proclaims the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God. We know there is a richness in diverse perspectives and we are committed to celebrating that which makes us each unique. We welcome diversity in the following ways: ideas, interests, abilities, racial and ethnic ancestries, socio-economic backgrounds, family structures, sexual orientations, ages, genders, religious traditions and political affiliations.