St. Stephen's Episcopal School welcomes students, faculty, and staff from many religious backgrounds and practices. We are a diocesan school of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and our daily chapel services are in the Episcopal tradition. However, we thrive on diversity, emphasizing the value and dignity of our students' diverse individual religious practices and spiritual needs. We encourage members of every spiritual tradition to seek clarity about their own beliefs and to honor their own traditions more fully and faithfully in their lives.
The Episcopal tradition values reason as a way to wisdom and understanding. We encourage students to pursue their own questions, while integrating what we have inherited from the past. Theology classes in the 8th and 12th grades provide opportunities to do this, and we also offer Bible studies and discussion groups based on spirituality and world religions.
Our mission is also to "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being." We value service to the local and global communities, respect for the earth, and the uniqueness of every member of our community.
The Purpose of Chapel
The purpose of chapel at St. Stephens Episcopal School is for the community to gather in a sacred space for spiritual growth. Chapel is where we experience worship, pray, and learn together in the Episcopal tradition while celebrating the talents and gifts and diversity God gave us. The community comes together to teach and share Biblical and personal stories regarding the meaning and importance of values, virtues, and principles. Chapel provides opportunities to raise issues and concerns which exist both inside and outside the school as we practice respect and compassion.