Lisa Durkee at Christmas Vespers

Spiritual Life

My two brothers and I are lucky to go to school here. Blair has a culture of strong academics, athletics and community, and the environment is conducive to teenagers. While kids at boarding school may be taking steps toward independence by living away from home, that doesn't mean we don’t appreciate and need the support of Blair teachers and classmates who really care about helping us develop into our best selves.

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Blair was founded by local Presbyterian elders in the spring of 1848. While continuing to respect the Judeo-Christian values of its founding, Blair now embraces a wider, more inclusive view of religious life and is a member of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education.

The School promotes various avenues–some traditional, some not–to instill a sense of common values in students, always underscoring the critical value of understanding and tolerating others’ backgrounds.

Thursday Chapels

"Thursday Chapels" are an important part of Blair life. These meetings bring together the entire Blair community to hear the Chaplain, a student, faculty or guest speaker on a topic of moral importance or on an individual issue of faith. Chapel has become a time of sharing and learning with an emphasis on respect for the diverse cultures represented within the School.

Sunday Evening Reflection

Sunday Evening Reflection provides an opportunity for the Chaplain and student volunteers to nurture the spiritual lives of Blair community members through a service of music, creative ritual, readings and prayer. 

Christmas Vespers

As the Blair community prepares to leave campus for winter break, students and faculty come together one last time in mid-December at Christmas Vespers. The traditional candle-lit service, which takes place at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Blairstown, includes readings of Hebrew and Judeo-Christian texts and a selection of musical pieces performed by the Blair Academy String Orchestra and Singers.

Christian Fellowship

This group provides a supportive environment for examining questions of faith, meeting informally for a variety of activities ranging from social events to worship and study.

Jewish Union

An informal association of students and faculty of Jewish faith, this group also includes non-Jewish community members who are interested in learning more about Judaism.

Chesnutt Chapel

In this quiet space on the third floor of Clinton Hall, students can study, meditate, play piano or meet in small or large groups. Sunday evening Vespers and other community services often take place here.

Local Church Services

Students interested in attending local church/temple services not within walking distance of campus can make transportation arrangements with the School Chaplain or another faculty member.

First Presbyterian Church
(1 Main Street in Blairstown) is an easy walk from campus. Services are held on Sundays at 10 a.m. by Blair Trustee the Rev. Dave Harvey.

First United Methodist Church (10 Stillwater Road in Blairstown) is also within walking distance of campus. Services are held at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Evangelical Free Church of Blairstown (11 Lambert Road in Blairstown) is two miles from campus and is located directly in front of North Warren High School. Services are held at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays.

St. Jude Roman Catholic Church (7 Eisenhower Drive in Blairstown) is four-miles southwest of Blair. Masses are held at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Jewish services: Rides to a local synagogue on High Holy Days can be arranged by speaking with leaders of the Jewish Student Union or by contacting Blair’s Chaplain.

Chapel Calendar