At Nashotah House, “Classical” denotes two things: the classical tradition of Anglicanism, and a classical curriculum.
The Classical Tradition of Anglicanism
St. Vincent of Lerins famously defined the catholic faith as “that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all.” That’s what Nashotah House means by the “classical tradition” of Anglicanism: the fullness of the faith of the Apostles as received, conserved and communicated through the Anglican tradition of prayer, worship and theological meditation and discourse. Following Vincent’s rule of “universality [i.e. oecumenicity], antiquity, and consent,” we take great care neither to disparage nor discard any part of our full inheritance, nor to separate ourselves from the teaching and discipline observed by the whole Church. In communion with all the saints, we sit at the feet of those who have gone before us, sharing the inexhaustible treasures of the Scriptures, the Creeds and the Sacraments.
Nashotah House forms the minds of her students according to a classical curriculum. While our faculty is devoted to cultivating each student’s special gifts, we resist the increasingly popular practice of using electives to create degree programs in the image of any particular student’s special interests and aptitudes. Instead, rooted in the wisdom of tradition and the whole counsel of the Church, we seek to give every student a solid education in the things every priest and Christian teacher should know.
Comprehending the fundamental disciplines of Holy Scripture, Theology, Church History, Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry, the curriculum at Nashotah House not only roots our students in the ancient wisdom of the Church, it prepares and empowers them to communicate the Gospel to the world today.
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