GOAL FIVE: EPISCOPAL IDENTITY
OUTCOME: ESD’s continued excellence as a premier independent school is rooted in the Episcopal tradition of worship, servant leadership, inclusion, and religious formation.
ESD’s Senior Chaplain, The Reverend Amy Heller, is making great strides in increasing our community’s understanding of our Episcopal Identity. Initiatives include the development of clear talking points for the articulation of Episcopal Identity; increased training for student leaders of Vestry, Community Service, and Student Government; and the formation of a Religious Life Learning Team.
It is no accident that the Founding Tenets created by Father Swann forty years ago – Daily Worship, Ethical Decision Making, Community and Service to Others – are a direct reflection of the four core principles of our Episcopal Identity. Worship, diversity and inclusion of all faith traditions, religious education, and community service woven together are the core principles that distinguish Episcopal schools from other faith-based schools. These core principles have been at the heart of ESD since our inception. The Religious Life Learning Team and the Daily Worship and Religious Life Committee of the Board of Directors are working with Reverend Heller to heighten school-wide awareness and understanding of these principles. Their goal is to ensure that we live out these guiding principles through the delivery of ESD's Mission.