Respect for religious diversity is a fundamental component of religious education at St. Matthew’s.
In addition to attending chapel three days per week, middle school students meet weekly for religion classes taught by the school chaplain. The religious education program is grounded in Christian and Episcopal traditions, and centers on two important themes: academic studies and spiritual development.
The academic studies focus on the stories and lessons in the Bible, including both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, and the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions. During religion classes, students reflect on the moral teachings common to all religions and are encouraged to explore their personal beliefs and family traditions. Students are taught to respect the beliefs and traditions of other students. Seventh and eighth grade students go on retreat each year to nurture social and spiritual development.