CHRISTIAN HERITAGE & TRADITION

Waterloo is a school designed to help kids grow up. But not into an ‘adulthood’ that is only the next step in a joyless life of pressures, performance, and anxiety. We believe each kid, each student, each person has a unique identity and potential and can know a life of joy, accomplishment, and contribution to a flourishing world. We’re here to help them grow into that version of their future selves—it is the image of God in them.

We believe in each one of our students because we believe that each of us is created in God’s image, and that from that identity, we are meant for joy, love, and fulfillment. This is a profound element of the Christian story. All Waterloo faculty, board of directors, and school director are creedal Christians—we affirm the Nicene and Apostles Creeds as true and we seek to live our lives accordingly, part of which has led us to create this school. We offer a school born out of that tradition and its beliefs and values to any student who will receive it in good will and good faith, regardless of their own religious or secular convictions. Waterloo will have students who share our Christian beliefs, and we will have students who do not. We are committed to an environment where students can engage one another and us out of their beliefs and stories, knowing they will be different. Students will learn how to engage one another where they are, and to put what they have in common ahead of the differences for the sake of healthy relationships. For further reading on those things which all great traditions have in common with one another, we encourage C.S. Lewis’ small book, Abolition of Man.

THE APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church*, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*meaning the universal Christian church—all believers in Jesus Christ

THE NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.