|At the heart of Westminster’s educational philosophy is the commitment to “intentionally and genuinely model the love of Christ for all people.” As a nondenominational Christian school that openly welcomes and supports all faiths, Westminster from its earliest days has sought to honor Jesus Christ through a consistent emphasis on the greatest commandment: “To love your God with all your heart . . . and love your neighbor as yourself.” |
That commitment provides the foundation for a strong sense of school community. Westminster strives to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the Beloved Community, “raising the level of relationship among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.” Such a community values and draws strength from the diversity of its members, and through cultural awareness and intentional inclusion seeks opportunities to lift each other up.
Secure in their sense of self-worth and mutual respect, students are able to extend that love to their expanding sense of community—from neighborhood to Atlanta and throughout an increasingly interdependent world. We find in the parable of the Good Samaritan the model of action that identifies and responds to the needs of our neighbors as well as the natural environment. From community service to partnership and exchange programs with other schools to environmental sustainability, Westminster teaches its students to be “good stewards, caring for and serving the world in accordance with Christ’s example” as articulated in Westminster’s Philosophy Statement.
In putting these spiritual values into action, Westminster asserts its commitment to philanthropy. “Philanthropy” is both a clear, simple word and a rich, complex and evolving concept. From the Greek term for “love of humankind,” philanthropy broadly encompasses voluntary action that promotes the public good, in both human communities and the natural environment. Such action involves giving of one’s time, talents and treasure, and living in a spirit of mutual trust and equality with others.
|"Educating the mind without educating the heart is not education at all."|