- Our students and faculty are an interfaith spiritual community that comes together for a time of reflection.
Pennington's focus on spiritual life is devoted to fostering character and morality in all our students, with an emphasis on the School's core values of honor, virtue, and humility.
A Methodist tradition
The Pennington School, established as the Methodist Episcopal Male Seminary
in 1838, has a long tradition of spirituality. Over the years, our students and
their religious beliefs have diversified and, in turn, the School's chapel
services have also changed. Today, our students come from many faiths and traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism,
Quakerism, and Buddhism.
Weekly Chapel services
How can all these faiths fit together? At Pennington, we believe that all
beliefs are important and that every religion is to be valued. Weekly Chapel
services are a ritual in the Pennington community. Separate Chapel services
for Upper and Middle School are led by the School chaplain in the nearby Pennington United Methodist Church. At times the entire
School community gathers together for services in the larger Pennington
Presbyterian Church. Chapel services are a peaceful time for reflection
and thought about life and love, friendship and community, right and
wrong—themes that are important in every religion and in every country of the
Together, students and faculty grapple with the meaning of current events,
historical truths, and hopes for the future. Whether through a poem or a song
or a prayer or a question, all members of the School listen, think and learn
from one another, and in doing this we become a community united together by
common concerns, joys, and dreams.
Character and spirituality
Students know that the school year is drawing to a close when Senior Chapel
concludes the weekly services in June. This final gathering of the community
allows the students, the faculty, and the administration to reflect on their
time at Pennington and on the days ahead. It is a milestone for the seniors in
their journey towards graduation and then life at college and beyond. Our
graduates will join new communities and carry with them the moral and
spiritual lessons they learned at Pennington.