Episcopal Schools are ministries of the Episcopal Church. As such, our schools are characterized not only by traditional, academic wisdom, but by spiritual wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation. This wisdom comes to us through tradition, reason and scripture. This three-legged stool, as it is often referred to, grounds our students and enables them to be educated in a way that informs them as a whole person. Additionally, the checks and balances between scripture, reason, and tradition are put in place so that our theology, our sacred texts, and our experiences do not trap us into complacency. We are always discerning truth and listening for God’s voice.
When our students leave St. Martin's, they have been inspired to become adults. They have lived in a community that does not suggest they stay young and wild and beautiful. They have lived in a community that suggests that there is value in growing older and wiser; that there is value in having responsibilities and taking into consideration the common good. Episcopal school students receive a competitive education in addition to be expected to grow up and contribute to the world’s healing. They are also surrounded by people who believe they are up for the task.
Our students soak daily in a pool of Christ’s teachings and it is the deep conviction of the Episcopal Church that Jesus’ primary message was one of love and acceptance. Therefore, inclusion is the cornerstone of the Episcopal faith. Episcopal theology errs on the side of love — grace will handle any gaps between love and righteousness. This means ALL are welcome; all are “in” God’s fold. More than that, the acceptance of different people and the examination of other faiths is vital in creating a full picture of God.
This full and solid foundation enables students to feel safe enough to explore who they are and connect to God’s voice — gently guiding them toward confidence and authenticity in a world that craves solid, reliable leaders.