At Concordia, we view every student as a gift from God, entrusted to us by parents. this As a result, spiritual exploration is an integral part of campus life and we treat Spiritual Explorations as one of our academic subjects. With integrity, teachers provide a supportive and respectful atmosphere where active conversations about spiritual and religious concepts are fostered.
Within this context, students of all ages are able to examine and articulate their own spiritual identity by exploring the meaning of life and their connections with God, other people, and the world as they become Reflective Spiritual Beings.
By grade levels students alternate leading chapel, interpreting their learning of faith using drama, song, and storytelling
Studying Apologetics, students learn to articulate and defend their own faith while learning about the experience of others
Our goal is to develop Reflective Spiritual Beings who:
- can talk about what Christians believe
- read stories of the Bible and talk about the important people, stories and teachings of Christianity
- respect all people, even if we believe different things
Our students have the opportunity daily to participate in conversations about character and life choices as they read or listen to stories from the Bible learning how to act out compassion, forgiveness and love.
Fostering a basic knowledge of all world religions is a powerful tool in building a bridge toward understanding, mutual respect and acceptance.
Our Spiritual Exploration courses address the spiritual aspect of the child and students must take one semester credit course each year.
Answers the question: What is Religion?
World Religions–(Integrated in Humanities)
This course examines the core teaching of the World’s five ‘great’ faiths. Fundamental to this study is an understanding of the context (history, important figures, geography and events) for these teachings as well as an appreciation for the founder of each religion and his story/journey that sought to convey important truths to his followers. Duration: Integrated; Required: Yes; Credit: NA; Prerequisite: None
Answers the question: What is Christianity?
Foundations of Christianity
This course examines the basic elements of the Christian faith, and why Christians believe what we believe. Through study of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible students will uncovering a variety of information regarding Bible stories and people from familiar Biblical events. Students will discover how the books of the Bible and the people who are involved point the way to Jesus the Messiah who is coming. The New Testament portion of the class will look at the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. Students will examine how the disciples were a major part of the stories that we see unfold through the events and people God uses throughout the New Testament. We will also discuss how and why these things are connected to the Old Testament and examine the importance of such connections. Duration: 1 Semester; Required: Yes; Credit: 0.50; Prerequisite: None
Answers the question: What does it mean for me?
Gifts, Goals & God (Partnered with Christian Apologetics)
Students will begin the process of discovering what gifts God has given to them, what each was created to do, the places or environments where they can best use their gifts and the causes they feel passionate about. Students will identify their key values and research what the Bible says about those values. After discovering what gifts they have we will evaluate those with the goals they have for the future and how those plans reflect God’s will for their lives. Students will examine their personal portfolio, research universities and careers they feel match their long term goals and create a plan for applying to universities. An individual service experience will be an additional element of this course. Duration: 1 Quarter; Required: Yes; Credit: 0.25; Prerequisite: None
Christian Apologetics (Partnered with Gifts, Goals & God)
Christian Apologetics is an area of study devoted to the justification and defense of Christianity. The goal of Apologetics is not to prove Christianity, but to explain the reasoning behind Christianity and to show that its basic truths are possible. This course will begin with an examination of the basic Christian theology and progress to a study of key philosophical and historical arguments used to defend and justify the Christian faith. This includes an examination of logical arguments, archeological evidence, Christian scripture and secular sources. Duration: 1 Quarter; Required: Yes; Credit: 0.25; Prerequisite: None
Answers the question: What does it mean for my world?
Morality & Ethics
This course examines the Christian vision of morality centering on Jesus Christ as the model for moral Christian behavior. The class is designed to explore the fundamental principles of morality and the various moral systems and diverse philosophies that have shaped our world as well as to examine ethical beliefs and values pertaining to important issues within different societies, religious groups, and cultures. Additionally, the course introduces students to the psychological perspective of moral development and the process of moral decision making. This class offers students the opportunity to confront modern moral dilemmas; it also provides students a forum to engage in dialogue pertaining to the vast number of moral problems and myriad ethical dilemmas facing today’s young people. Duration: 1 Semester; Required: Yes; Credit: 0.50; Prerequisite: None