Religion

Study. Reflect. Question.
The Religion Department develops practical knowledge, spiritual depth, and ethical citizenship through exposure to the history, beliefs, and practices of Quakerism, the major religions of the world, and faith-based social justice movements. The curriculum is rooted in religious literacy and cultural studies approach which distinguishes the academic study of religion from devotional faith-based instruction. This approach also emphasizes religions as internally diverse, evolving, and changing over time, and embedded in all dimensions of human experience. Courses provide a perspective that includes a diversity of western and non-western lenses and many consider non-religious worldviews. We do this through exploration of sacred texts and student-centered discussions. The curriculum fosters critical examination of ourselves in the world, diversity in the Westtown School community, and the role of religion in contemporary culture.

 

Distinguishing Features

  • Religion academic credit for each year
  • Exploration of Quakerism as foundational to the Westtown experience
  • Required study about Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Variety of Religion elective choices
  • Reflection, mindfulness, and respectful listening practices
  • Presentation of knowledge and facilitation of discussion
  • Study of the internal diversity of religion and the evolution of religion over time
  • Recognition of religious influences being embedded in all aspects of human experience
  • Acknowledgment of one’s situated perspective
  • Variety of methods for religious exploration: academic research, drama, journals, creative projects, films, and music

Curriculum Guide


 

Calendar
    • FriNov22 Thanksgiving Vacation Begins: LS/MS/US Dismissal at 11:30 AM 11:30 AM
    • MonDec02 All-School In-Service Day - No LS/MS/US Classes
    • TueDec03 LS/MS/US Classes Resume
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