The Department of Religion and Philosophy aspires to develop within Menaul students a basic understanding of world religious teachings and traditions, an appreciation of the centrality of the religious and spiritual dimension of human experience, and the curiosity to struggle with the “big questions” about the purpose and meaning of life. An emphasis on Scripture and the Reformed Christian tradition reflects Menaul’s Presbyterian roots and continuing affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA); however the department has no sectarian nor doctrinal agenda. Students are encouraged to explore freely and creatively their own faith and beliefs.
Religious education encompasses daily chapel, religion class, Mission Week, and community service. While the chapel program and the essential philosophy of our religion is based in the protestant, specifically Presbyterian, tradition, Menaul School educations students to understand a broad range of world religions as well as to develop a deep understanding of their own beliefs. We are concerned with educating the whole person for the whole world. As our mission statement states - In mind, body, and spirit…. we strive to graduate students who are not only academically well-prepared but also spiritually and socially prepared to participate in the communities of which they are a part. It is because we are faith-based that we value all inquiry and welcome students from all faith communities.