Aspects of Spirituality – Whole School Overview
As a staff, we have identified where opportunities to explore the different facets of spirituality can be found in our school and in our wider curriculum. We have worked closely with Liz Pettersen, who has helped to frame our vision for Spirituality across our school.
What is Spirituality?
(attrib. Elizabeth Pettersen)
Whole School Opportunities
World and Beauty:
Awe, Wonder and Mystery
Being inspired by the natural world, mystery or human achievement.
‘That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ’
‘The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.’
Search for meaning and purpose – asking ‘why me?’ at times of hardship and suffering; reflecting on the origins and purpose of life; responding to challenging experiences of life such as beauty, suffering and death.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’
An awareness of oneself in terms of thoughts, feelings, emotions, responsibilities and experiences; a growing understanding and acceptance of individual identity.
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’
Recognising and valuing the worth of each individual; developing a sense of community; the ability to build up relationships with others.
‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’
‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’
Feelings and emotions
The sense of being moved by beauty or kindness; hurt by injustice or aggression; a growing awareness of when to it is important to control emotions and feelings, and how to learn to use such feelings as a source of growth.
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’
Experiencing feelings of transcendence
Feelings which may give rise to belief in the existence of a divine being or the belief that one’s inner resources provide the
ability to rise above everyday experiences.
God is both further from us, and nearer to us, than any other being.
– C.S. Lewis
‘Glory to God in the Highest
And on earth peace among men’