Daily chapel for all students and faculty is an enduring tradition that has been in place since the very first day of school in 1974. The spiritual identity of ESD is grounded in the Christian faith, expressed through the liturgy and tradition of the Episcopal church. We are an institution whose spiritual self-understanding is Christian, but also a place where students of all faiths are welcomed and respected. Every human being has value because God has created them in His own image.
- All "chapel talks" strive to articulate love of God, self, and neighbor
- Lower School has "chapel talks" and an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer for 15-minutes each day and celebrates Holy Eucharist once a month in a more formal 30-minute service
- Middle and Upper School have "chapel talks" and an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist is celebrated once a month in a more formal, 40-minute service.
- Middle and Upper School chapel services embrace multiple spiritual views, including the powerful 8th grade Yom Ha'Shoah presentation
- Students also participate through student vestry, acolytes, and musical accompaniment
what makes an episcopal school an episcopal school
The National Association of Episcopal School’s website states, “Episcopal schools are known for educational excellence. As embodiments of the Christian faith, they serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion and ‘strive for justice and peace among all people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.’”
The Core Values of an Episcopal School are commonly articulated as:
• A commitment to an atmosphere of free inquiry in all academic pursuits as we seek the truth in a learning process unfettered by dogmatic considerations
• A belief in the fundamental unity of the global family
• A belief in the equality and dignity of all human beings
• A belief that love, compassion, unselfishness, and the force of inner truthfulness ultimately have greater power than hate, enmity, and self-interest
• A commitment by each member of the school community to grow in service to others
• A commitment to provide opportunities for worship and development of the spiritual life
• A commitment to engage freely in ethical and religious discussion, when appropriate, in all academic disciplines
These values are integral to ESD’s being and are intertwined with every facet of our lives as members of an Episcopal school community. Our Episcopal roots provide the institutional and educational practices that support our goal of helping each student achieve an “educated conscience.” ESD’s Founding Tenets provide the structure to work and study in a faith-centered environment.
These Core Values are commonly presented by Episcopal schools. At least one source attributes the wording to The Reverend P. Roger Bowen, D.D, 2012 NAES John D. Verdery Award winner. For more information, please visit www.episcopalschools.org