The Department of Religion and Philosophy aspires to develop within Menaul students a basic understanding of world religious teachings and traditions, an appreciation of the centrality of the religious and spiritual dimension of human experience, and the curiosity to struggle with the “big questions” about the purpose and meaning of life. An emphasis on Scripture and the Reformed Christian tradition reflects Menaul’s Presbyterian roots and continuing affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA); however the department has no sectarian nor doctrinal agenda. Students are encouraged to explore freely and creatively their own faith and beliefs.
Religious education encompasses daily chapel, religion class, Mission Week, and community service. While the chapel program and the essential philosophy of our religion is based in the protestant, specifically Presbyterian, tradition, Menaul School educations students to understand a broad range of world religions as well as to develop a deep understanding of their own beliefs. We are concerned with educating the whole person for the whole world. As our mission statement states – In mind, body, and spirit…. we strive to graduate students who are not only academically well-prepared but also spiritually and socially prepared to participate in the communities of which they are a part. It is because we are faith-based that we value all inquiry and welcome students from all faith communities
6th Grade: Introduction to the Bible (1 semester)
7th Grade: Ethics and Morality (1 quarter)
8th Grade: World Religions (1 quarter)
9th Grade: Covenant (1 semester)
10th Grade: World Religions (1 semester)
11th Grade: Ethics
12th Grade: Philosophy: Learning to Love Wisdom
The community gathers for worship in recognition of God‘s presence in its life. Students are required to attend Chapel and be respectful. The Chapel program is under the guidance of the Reverend Takako Terino, who is assisted by faculty, staff, and other speakers from the community. Students are encouraged to attend outside worship services in their own faith tradition.
Mission Week is usually the week prior to Easter Sunday and a time when each class, 6th-12th, will be involved in a community service project. The purpose of this week is to put the Menaul School students in direct contact with our greater community, giving them an opportunity to give to those in need. Overseen by Menaul School faculty and staff, younger students will engage in local projects and older students will travel to areas of need outside of Albuquerque and even outside of New Mexico.
All Menaul School students are encouraged to participate in some type of community service. Upper School students must complete 70 hours of community service over the course of 4 years. Community service hours are broken down as follows:
Freshman are required to complete………..10 hours
Sophomores are required to complete……15 hours
Juniors are required to complete…………….20 hours
Seniors are required to complete……………25 hours