CPA Lower School recently celebrated the life and legacy of key Reformation leader William Tyndale (1494-1536) at Reformation Day. This annual event has become a curricular highlight for students K-5, walking them through the history of the Protestant Reformation, as well as its paramount theological takeaways.
William Tyndale spent his life translating the Bible into English to distribute, ultimately illegally, to every man, woman, boy, and girl, he could reach. Tyndale was put to death for his work, however, his legacy and impact on the Protestant movement is felt today. Students participated in themed activities such as translating Hebrew, smuggling Bibles, studying the Latin phrase Sola Scriptura, to instill a reverence for God's Word - a free gift for all who will receive it. Studying Martin Luther and William Tyndale helps students understand the value of the Bibles they hold today, and the bravery with which they can carry Scripture into their own lives.
Assistant Head of Spiritual Life Beth Graham works with foundational elders and community leaders from the Academy and Christ Presbyterian Church to lead discussions and activities during the unit. The inter-generational conversations create meaningful connections in the learning process as elders teach CPA's youngest students the message of John 1:1-3: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."
The CPA Spiritual Life team works to integrate a rich faith-forward curriculum in every school (preschool, lower school, middle school, upper school), giving each student ample opportunities to connect with the Bible and their own relationship with God.