Faith at UMEI
Helping Young people reach their full potential so They’re empowered to make a difference.
As a member school of Mennonite Schools Council, UMEI Christian High School observes the
following 15 statements of Anabaptist-Mennonite Faith Practices:
1) In this school students know they are loved and valued by God which enables them to value and love each
2) Students are encouraged to grow in relationship with Jesus and to follow Jesus daily in life through
attitudes and practice.
3) Staff members in our school are committed to modeling the life of Jesus Christ.
4) Our school invites parents to become partners in the faith formation of their child.
5) Peace building, including the use of restorative discipline, is regularly modeled and practiced as a lifestyle of nonviolence, seeking justice and being part of a reconciling faith community.
6) Students grow in understanding the process of biblical discernment by asking questions, practicing spiritual
disciplines, and engaging with other Christians.
7) Our school builds a strong faith and learning community in which students and staff support each other.
8) Our school is a community that lives the gospel message through praying, serving others, and enabling
students to grow in understanding that they can make a positive difference in the world globally and locally.
9) Our school provides a welcoming community where it is emotionally safe to raise questions, to value and
learn from differences, and to care for each other.
10) Stories and symbols of faith and reconciliation are regularly shared in our school community.
11) Students grow in their understanding of stewardship of all God has entrusted to them, including the
12) Our school does everything it can to eliminate the obstacles that exclude or hinder the ability of students
to receive a faith-infused, education of excellence.
13) Our school values and is responsive to cultural, racial and socio-economic diversity.
14) The school enables students to practice global awareness, cultural sensitivity, anti-racism, and
15) Our school enables students to live a life of curiosity, wonder and mystery as they join with God to bring
the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Confession of Faith – Article Summary Statement
As a Mennonite secondary school with supporting churches under Mennonite Church Canada, UMEI follows the Mennonite Confession of Faith.
Mennonite Schools Council
UMEI is a member school of Mennonite Schools Council (MSC), a network of Mennonite early childhood through grade twelve schools, is comprised of over thirty member schools. The schools share a commitment to value-added education that promotes excellence and teaches from a Christ-centered foundation. Whether in the classroom, on an athletic field, out in the community, or in the lunch room the schools are instilling Christ’s way of peace, reconciliation and service.
Spiritual Life at UMEI
UMEI exists, first and foremost, as a space where our students are led and encouraged to grow in their knowledge and belief of the Christian faith. We are both honoured and humbled to take part in educating our students about the life of Jesus Christ, the salvation we are promised and our calling as Christians. Together with our student’s parents, pastors and church families, we strive to feed their faith so they might see Christ in every aspect of their lives. At UMEI, spiritual life is nurtured in several ways:
In Class, students have the opportunity to meet God through Religious Studies, a required course in all four grades. In addition, each class is taught by a Christian educator through a Christian perspective; where God is never out of the equation.
Daily Chapels are a time every day for the spiritual growth of our students. A different scripture is chosen each year as the theme verse. The verse for 2020-2021 is Galatians 6:9-10.
Outreach to the community and to local churches make our students “doers of the Word”. To encourage this mission, we hold two service project days each year. We also have a “Faith in Action” club, which focuses on a variety of issues and how we as Christians should respond.
Music at UMEI is another way for our students to express their love for Christ and worship him. Weekly music chapels, Worship Band and Concert Choir are all ways students can experience God in their daily lives.
Six MEA Distinctives of Mennonite Education
- Christ Followers strive to know Jesus and mirror Jesus’ life.
- Peace Seekers are students who seek to be in right relationship with all those they encounter. Peace seekers understand that violence is not the answer, have the tools to approach conflict in healthy ways, and strive to treat others with love, kindness, and respect, even those with whom they disagree.
- Community Builders intentionally engage with others around them. They have a deep understanding of the body of Christ, with each part uniquely gifted and essential to the whole. Community builders experience healthy community mirrored by teachers and faculty, activities geared to build school community, and interaction with the community outside their institutions.
- Rigorous Learners have the tools needed to succeed in all areas of life. They are given developmentally appropriate curriculum that not only teaches the required material but challenges students to put their learning into practice. Rigorous learners approach subjects through multiple lenses, various mediums and new ways, exploring further, and cementing knowledge as their own.
- Service Givers learn early on that the world does not revolve around them. These students are taught, through the example of Christ, what it means to go out and wash others’ feet. Service givers are instilled with values that emphasize giving back through hands-on opportunities to serve others and connecting with service organizations.
- Difference Embracers are students who know they do not exist in a vacuum. Not only are they taught about diversity but are given opportunities to go and interact in settings dramatically different from their own cultures. They are taught that the world is bigger than their communities and, instead of this being a cause for fear, they are given the tools needed to count this a blessing and embrace it.