The Religion Department offers students an opportunity to gain insight into other faiths and cultures, from world religions to Christianity. Students compare and evaluate the religious influences on society. A solid academic foundation in the Bible is provided, utilizing a critical approach. Students also develop a better understanding of self, and acquire personal decision-making skills. In addition, an appreciation of 'Iolani's heritage is developed.
As a Christian school, 'Iolani recognizes its responsibility to present the Gospel. At the same time, 'Iolani recognizes and respects those of diverse beliefs. Beginning in eighth grade, three courses in religion and the Bible are required of all students, and electives are available in grades 10-12. Weekly Chapel attendance is a part of the 'Iolani tradition. It is up to the individual student, however, to respond to the Christian message.
The chaplain provides instruction for those students who wish to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church. He also serves as a pastoral counselor to students, faculty and staff, and, as requested, provides sacramental and pastoral services.
The children and their teachers in grades K-6 participate in weekly services in St. Alban's Chapel. With guidance from the Chaplains, they learn to show reverence for God and appreciation for each other. Weekly classes in Christian faith, values and character development are also taught by the religious education teacher. The children study the lessons appropriate to their grade level and readiness. It is hoped that students will have a clearer understanding of their feelings and beliefs and achieve the following broad curriculum goals:
- Realize that all people are special to God.
- Develop an appreciation for all life as a gift.
- Learn to recognize and identify God's gift of love in their lives.
- Obtain knowledge of Biblical characters and saints.
- Acquire basic knowlege of the Bible as literature.
- Expand their knowledge of church history.
- Develop an understanding of world religions.
- Gain an understanding of and appreciation and respect for the Christian tradition.
- Be introduced to the sacraments and their practical application in daily living.
Learn how to extend their faith education beyond the classroom environment and apply it to their daily lives.