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Episcopal Identity

Episcopal Identity

Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School has a strong Episcopal identity.  Our school holds memberships in our six-state regional association, The Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools and in the National Association of Episcopal schools.  Our school is fully accredited by the International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA) which recognizes The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools accreditation process.

From the National Association of Episcopal School’s web page comes this question:

“What are the principal qualities that distinguish a school as Episcopal?

This question, more than any other is asked of NAES by Episcopal school and church leaders, parents, and the general public.  The answer is that they are Christian communities whose missions integrate spiritual formation into all aspects of the educational experience.  Episcopal schools are most distinctive when they are true to this mission and when they do so in the graceful and inclusive manner which is the hallmark of the Anglican approach to education over the centuries.
All Christian communities, even the most ecumenical and diverse of Episcopal schools, are upheld by the basic principles of the baptismal covenant.  As expressed in the book of Common Prayers, this Covenant maintains that individuals and institutions are called by God to adopt certain fundamental disciplines and dispositions in order to embrace fully their basic identities.  As embodiments of the Christian faith, Episcopal schools are created to be communities hat honor, celebrate and worship God as the center of life.  They are created to be models of God’s love and grace.  They are created to serve God in Christ in all persons, regardless or origin, background, ability, or religion.  They are created to “strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.” These principles are the basis on which identity and vocation are to be defined in Episcopal Schools.

Episcopal schools have been established, however, not solely as communities for Christians, like a parish church, but as ecumenical and diverse ministries of educational and human formation for people of all faith backgrounds.  Above all, Episcopal schools exist not merely to educate, but to demonstrate and proclaim the unique worth and beauty of all human beings as creations of a loving, empowering God.

In practice, these principles and ideals are expressed through

  • School Worship that is creative, inclusive, draws fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, and is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.
  • Community Life, in which reflection, prayer, and matter of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.
  • Religious Formation and Study that is meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, fosters a dialogue with other faith traditions.
  • Social Justice, which is the integration of ideals and concepts of equity, justice and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service-learning as an integral part of the life of the school.

By weaving these principles into the very fabric of the school’s overall life, Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are build on the sure foundation of a Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose and service in the world they will inherit.”

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