As a tangible example of both our school mission and our Episcopal tradition, Chapels in each division provide a welcoming, inclusive and sacred opportunity for gathering and reflection. Chapel takes place for thirty minutes once a week, and is coordinated by the Chaplain. All students and faculty from that division are present. As with any OES Chapel service, though, all others (including parents) are most welcome to attend.
Drawing upon the history and foundations of the Episcopal Church, Chapel seeks to introduce students to the liturgical seasons and the important holy days of the Christian tradition. At the same time, we seek to honor and celebrate all of the religious traditions represented in our school family. The Chaplains are eager to work with students of different faith traditions to create and present Chapel services that introduce and celebrate the rich variety of beliefs and practices.
In our mind, it is critical for young adults to consider their own spiritual growth, and to connect with a reality greater than themselves, however they might define that reality. As such, our Chapel is a safe, healthy, and age appropriate space for our students to question, ponder, and begin to articulate the value they place on their own beliefs and practices.
Moral and ethical development is central to our Chapel program. As such, there is a common and regular thread of exploration and connection between Chapel and the OES Service Learning program. Chapel is a time to reflect on who we are and how we can respond to the needs of the world.
Student leadership is actively encouraged in the Chapel program, and can be seen in a variety of ways, including student led Chapel talks, music offerings, and coordination of the liturgy.