St. Timothy’s has its origins in the Episcopal Church, and we think that’s one of our greatest strengths, for several reasons. One, it gives us a religious and spiritual anchor, reminding us of the importance in life of things that are greater than ourselves. Two, it creates a foundation in ethical behavior, a place to push off from as we examine what good character means, how to make ethical decisions, and how to live life guided by a moral compass. And three, our Episcopal heritage provides a dropping off point to explore the rich diversity of religion in the world and the many different religious paths people follow.
We are an Episcopal school, but a broadly multi-religious school as well, a place that honors and celebrates many different spiritual paths. Being both of these things at once makes perfect sense to us. Our students come from nearly two dozen different religious backgrounds, and some follow no particular religious path at all. When we study religion in the curriculum, our focus isn’t on a single religion, but on comparing various world religions, and our Episcopal roots provide a helpful starting point for that comparison. We study Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. We delve into Greek mythology, Hindu creation myths, and the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad and Gandhi, all to look at how religions are different, what they have in common, and how they add meaning to people’s lives. On Thursday afternoons we come together in all our diversity for weekly Chapel, and reflect on larger issues of meaning and spirituality.
Our goal is not to tell you to believe a certain way, but to get you to think about what you believe and why it matters, and to gain a greater appreciation for the beliefs of others. The broader your understanding of religion, the greater your ability to develop and live by your own beliefs.