The Episcopal Honor Code
Even in a year where everything seems altered and different, traditions live on as an important reminder of who we are. The acknowledgement of the Episcopal Honor Code is one such tradition. Students in all divisions learn this code, which guides them in school life and personal growth. To celebrate the connection that the Honor Code provides, Upper School students sign the Honor Code book at the start of each school year. Even in 2020, that tradition continued.
Freshmen, new sophomores, juniors, seniors, faculty and staff gathered for the special occasion this week. New Episcopal Head of School Dr. Carrie Steakley also added her name to the Honor Code book as a sign that she is committed to the Episcopal community. Father Skully Knight reminded students and faculty that entering a covenant is not intended to be punitive or to push people apart. “In fact, it’s just the opposite,” he advised. “When people enter into a covenant relationship together, it is not done out of desperation or fear, but rather out of respect and love. It is something that is meant to bring people together - to build community, not destroy it.”
The crisp October weather provided an ideal atmosphere as everyone sat under tents on the front lawn. There was social distance, hand sanitizer and face coverings, but there was also a shared commitment to a longstanding tradition. “Our Honor Code is not just something that we profess with our lips, but something that we live every day,” said Father Skully. “We choose to live by this code. We choose to live with honor. It is what binds us to one another and makes us a community. It is what makes us Episcopal Knights.”