Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk Humbly. ~ Micah 6:8
Bishop's Chapel Program
When we speak of The Bishop’s School as an Episcopal school (“…grounded in the traditions and values of the Episcopal Church”), what do we mean?
In its membership and affiliation with the National Association of Episcopal Schools, The Bishop's School is committed to the spiritual development of the community through its active support of diversity, equity, justice and service. We embrace the language of God in all its richness, depth and breadth of possibility. In the tradition of Episcopal schools, Bishop’s chapel program also values intentional pluralism; we honor difference, inviting the stories and histories of religion and faith, race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, ability and age.
The chapel program at Bishop’s provides an opportunity for the community to gather weekly during 25-minute grade-level chapels that are often led by students under the guidance of the School’s chaplain, an Episcopal priest. These chapels represent the richness of the beliefs and interests of the student community as well as reflect the holidays and traditions of many religions. They may take the form of a musical presentation, slide show, personal reflection or discussion of a topic of interest for the School, the greater San Diego community and/or the world.
The School has articulated five attributes that its chapel program seeks to reflect:
St. Mary’s Chapel provides a haven from our busy lives. The chapel program’s respectful atmosphere invites individual introspection as well as communal reflection on our common humanity, our shared values and our personal beliefs; in the chapel we foster a spirit of compassion and concern for the well-being of others.
The chapel program recognizes that spirituality, whether of divine origin or arising from human aspirations, inspires us to some higher purpose and meaning. Chapel allows us to strive to bring forth our best selves, both as individuals and as members of a community and to consider our ultimate role in the world around us.
The chapel program invites hearing the Bible and all religious texts as part of an ongoing dialog that seeks the inspiration of the Divine in us and in the world. Meaningful interpretation of this dialog is best drawn from within the rich context of the history and the culture of the authors and through its thoughtful application in our lives. We celebrate that all find ultimate meaning in exploring enduring questions of human existence: “Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? What should we do with our lives?”
The chapel program fosters an informed social consciousness, directing the community outward toward the world at large. Community members are invited to see the roots of service in the broadest possible sense when answering the questions, “Who is my neighbor?” and “How shall I treat my neighbor?” and are encouraged to help others and particularly those in need.
Our chapel program finds expression in consistent patterns and dependable rhythms. Our weekly time together in St. Mary’s Chapel revolves around a routine experience of silence, prayer and readings from sacred texts, music and the spoken word, inviting the community into shared reflection on a variety of moral, spiritual and religious themes. This time is both particular and inclusive, embracing the language and experience of diverse religious and cultural communities.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.