In the Episcopal tradition, learning is important not to find the right answers to be used as weapons against the beliefs of others or “unbelievers,” but in order to arrive at God’s truth. We believe that the truth will make us free and that God has given us the freedom to seek truth without fearing where it may lead. This suggests that our understanding of truth may grow and change, that God welcomes questions, and that we may subject all our ideas and beliefs to our critical faculties.
Clearly, then, an Episcopal education is not indoctrination, not about enforcing an unquestioning acceptance of a pre-ordained set of doctrines. An Episcopal education begins from the premise that we (teachers, parents, students, administrators, staff) are all a community of learners and explorers and that we all need to continue to learn and to grow. It encourages us all to pursue questions wherever they lead, to use our critical thinking skills, and to value the learning and thought we have inherited from the past. It also, —and here we part company with secular education—refuses to allow students to separate religion and spirituality from the rest of the curriculum, since the Episcopal perspective is that reason and learning are ultimately intended to serve our exploration of the deepest issues of humankind.