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Finding Bishop’s Episcopal tradition

By: Frannie Tyner

To say that the last three weeks have been stressful would be a horrible understatement. As a third-quarter junior I don’t think that I (or any of my classmates) has had to work as hard as we have been lately. With research papers, tests, quizzes, and various projects all of which are accumulating on top of normal homework. These past weeks we’ve all been working tirelessly.

Yet although we all have stamina, and a strong work ethic there becomes a point in which you just can’t work anymore. Some people hit that point after five hours of homework, while some don’t hit it till four in the morning. Yet at some point everyone has a limit. And it’s honoring that limit that becomes important during these times of stress.

Bishop’s mission statement reads, “The Bishop’s School is an academic community pursuing intellectual, artistic, and athletic excellence in the context of the Episcopal tradition.” In the context of the Episcopal tradition…what exactly is the significance of that concept? It’s the idea that as students of Bishop’s we are given an outlet, a time away from our studies, away from the sports field, away from the social drama, in which we can examine our lives for ourselves.

It is here that the Episcopal tradition of Bishop’s is found.

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Feb. 27 at 2:30 marked the closure of the grade book for quarter three, and students were scrambling to get papers in and quizzes retaken by that time. Yet the week before in chapel, St. James by The Sea’s youth pastor, Chris Bernard talked with the junior class about finding time to step away from our studies and the busy world around us, and just relax. Though the word ‘relax’ is far from any student’s vocabulary, it inspired some students to maybe take five minutes away from studying and think about something, or nothing for that matter, in an effort to rejuvenate ourselves.

Earlier this year, the school chaplain, Reverend Allman stated, “My hope for students at the Bishop School is that they will realize that their own lives will be strengthened and enriched by having a religious orientation. It’s not so much that students must have the bible memorized by the time that they graduate, as it is that hopefully students will be able to incorporate a religion of some sort into their lives, and through that live a better life.”

For myself and many other students this religious outlet is what allowed for us to persevere through the past three weeks. In my 20 minutes of weekly chapel I was able to reconnect with a more spiritual version of myself, and through that rejuvenation I was able to face my mountains of homework that evening with a little less stress.