About Nashotah House

As a recognized seminary for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America, the Episcopal Missionary Church, and the North American Lutheran Church among others, Nashotah House is a center for High Church theology, discipline, and the ideals of the Oxford Movement. Our programs are centered upon orthodox faith, catholic teaching, Anglo-Catholic tradition, evangelical mission, and spirit filled witness.

As an institution, we are committed to influencing both the Church and world from a rootedness in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and it is through Christ that, since our founding in 1842, our mission has been able to continue: providing the highest quality of leaders, both lay and ordained, for the mission of the Church.

The Fullness of the Anglican Tradition
Founded in 1842 by a Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Nashotah House belongs to the Anglican tradition of worship, theology and spirituality. That is, Nashotah House traces her roots to the Church of England and locates herself within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Sane, wise, ancient, modern, sound, and simple, as Martin Thornton calls it, the Anglican tradition is rooted in the witness of the Holy Scriptures and the Early Fathers, and is often described as a via media between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

Sometimes called reformed Catholicism, Anglicanism gives equal weight to Word and Sacrament in its worship, and secures its polity in the Apostolic Succession of bishops. With Holy Scripture as its rule of faith, Anglicanism reserves a place for Reason and Tradition in its theological discourse, and has always made a strong association between what the Church believes and what the Church prays. Lex orandi, lex credendi - the law of prayer is the law of belief - well expresses the close correspondence in classical Anglicanism between doctrine and doxology. Serving students from traditions as various as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, charismatic and evangelical non-denominational, Nashotah House has seen that the Anglican tradition of spirituality and theology is extremely well-suited to form leaders of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in all her communities.

The Benedictine Way of Spirituality
Few guides to Christian spirituality have proven themselves more useful, adaptable and enduring than The Rule of St. Benedict (d. 547). Originally conceived for monks, Benedictine spirituality underwrites the Book of Common Prayer and permeates the Anglican way of spiritual growth. A biblical spirituality, it is fixed in the scriptures and features plenteous use of psalmody. A monastic spirituality, it is concerned for community and the cultivation of charity. An embodied spirituality, the Benedictine way fastens our spiritual life to the outward disciplines proven to foster inward growth.

We propose, therefore, to establish a school of the Lord’s service and in setting it up we hope we shall lay down nothing that is harsh or hard to bear… [that] through the continual practice of the life of faith, our hearts may be opened wide, and the way of God’s commandments will be run in a sweetness of love that is beyond words.
- St. Benedict

A school of the Lord’s service: that’s Nashotah House. Practicing the Benedictine disciplines of work, study and prayer together, the members of our community grow in faith, hope and a love beyond words.

The Depth of Classical Christian Thought
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. A Classical Curriculum 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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