Up with the Church: An Episcopal Day School Advent Semester Religious Life Curriculum

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Schutz, Regan
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School of Theology Thesis 2024 , University of the South , School of Theology , Curriculum , Episcopal Church , Schools
The purpose of this Doctor of Ministry project is to develop a comprehensive semester long Religious Life curriculum for an elementary Episcopal parish day school for elementary aged students. The 15-week curriculum includes weekly Eucharist, a half-hour weekly Spiritual Nature class, a weekly Community Chapel as well as a Day School Sunday service, and Episcopal Schools Celebration assembly, and a Christmas Chapel service. Furthering the mission of The Episcopal Church, the overall aim for this curriculum is to design a distinctly Episcopal approach to school spiritual formation for elementary age students of all faith traditions and none. The curriculum adheres to the National Association of Episcopal Schools Principal Qualities and best practices for intentional pluralism by engaging the hospitality accessible through the constancy of Episcopal doctrine, language, and theology. Uplifting the Episcopal tradition provides students a substantive faith tradition to then push and pull against throughout their lifetime. Conversely, by increasing The Episcopal Church’s relevancy outside the Church, Episcopal schools further the Episcopal mission “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (BCP 855). In the end, Episcopal schools and Episcopal churches thrive together.