Asheville School's mission references our commitment to the "mind, body and spirit." To that end, our educational experience includes a spiritual dimension. The spiritual life of the campus has been shaped by our heritage as a non-denominational Christian institution, and our weekly chapel and vespers services reflect that tradition. We are, however, open to a broad exploration of each individual's spiritual journey, and an emphasis is placed on tolerance and understanding within the context of that journey.
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With its quiet serenity and beautiful windows, The William Spencer Boyd Chapel has long been a favorable spot on campus. Monday and Thursday chapel services and Sunday chapel or vespers services make it a place where the entire campus community comes together to worship.
The doors of Boyd Chapel are always open. Students know that the chaplain is always available to listen and to be supportive.
Asheville School seniors address the entire school community as part of a public speaking requirement for graduation. This is an important rite of passage. Student speakers are required to plan the entire service for the day, including the music selection and any readings. Seniors may choose to speak in Boyd Chapel on a Monday or Thursday, or they may choose the more secular environment of convocation in Graham Theater. Parents and family friends often attend.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Students who choose to participate in Bible study, fellowship and prayer on a regular basis gather for an early morning meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The group actively shares in song, prayer and a weekly Bible lesson with a faculty sponsor.
At a time when much of the world is torn by conflict related to religious affiliation, it is important to educate and to expose students to the major religions of the East and West. Throughout the year, the school community observes major "Holy Days" of various world religions. Invited speakers raise issues relevant to our students' understanding of themselves and the world around them. Most often special "Holy Day" observances take place at convocation during the week.