Lower School Faith Studies
Our lower school chapel services are based on a methodology called Godly Play, a Montessori-inspired way of exploring the traditional Jewish and Christian scriptures. To some extent, the natural progress of our students’ moral and spiritual development determines the complexity and extent of the exploration process. Because of the diversity of religious practices and traditions in our family community, our chapel activities include many studies and explorations of traditions beyond Judeo-Christian. We place a strong value on connections among traditions and an appreciation and respect for one another’s beliefs. Each month, children are taught a character trait in which they learn the importance of respecting one another and their community. At each monthly all-school assembly, awards are given to children who best exemplified that month’s particular character trait. Chapel has focused on contemplative prayer (meditation) and opportunities to share feelings, questions, and experiences in a safe, respectful, and nurturing environment. It is a quiet time in a busy week.
Middle School Faith Studies
Middle School Chapel is weekly for each grade. Students are invited to reflect on their spiritual journey as they learn about various religious traditions and worldviews. Four ongoing questions throughout MS Chapel:
1 - Who are you?
2 - Who/What is God in your life? What orients your life?
3 - Is there transformation amidst tragedy? What is justice and compassion amidst life's tragedy?
4 - Is there hope in the end? How do we talk about, envision and live out hope?
Additionally, we always ask how people Believe, Belong and Behave/Act.
Guests from different traditions are invited each year to all classes, as they share their spiritual journey, and how it impacts their daily life.