Spiritual

Life

As human beings we only really flourish if all aspects of our lives are strong.  We strongly believe that the human spirit should be nourished here at Concord, but also recognise that this can mean different things to different people.

Although Concord College does not have a religious foundation, we have a strong respect for individual religious belief and for the belief systems of the world.  Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Moslems have all studied here at Concord alongside those of no faith.  If a student wishes to practice their faith at Concord it is supported.  We have an active Christian group and those who wish to attend a church service on Sundays.  Similarly, students are supported if they wish to observe Ramadan or to celebrate Eied, the Mid-Autumn festival, Chinese New Year, the Orthodox New Year or the Festival of Light (to name just a few of the recent celebrations we have had here).  The crucial element in the observance of any belief here at Concord is that it should be undertaken with a sense of perspective and a tolerance of difference.

We are also mindful of the spiritual development of the many Concord students who have no formal religious belief.  This is achieved formally through assemblies, tutor time, clubs and societies and a wealth of other activities.  But it is also informally reinforced by the ethos of the college which places such an emphasis on trust, decency and respect for others.  Fundamentally, as human beings we must learn to live with and to understand others.  This is a core message here at Concord and one that is evident in the day-to-day atmosphere of the Concord community.