The Rev. Barbara Talcott, Head Chaplain at St. Mark's since 2009, recently published an essay as a blog post for the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) website. Entitled "Explaining Episcopal Identity," it emphasizes three valued areas as exemplifying St. Mark's as an Episcopal School.
St. Mark's, she says, values
- time for spiritual reflection and the intentional teaching of wisdom, compassion, and humility;
- life in common, believing it is strengthened by honest and respectful dialogue across lines of disagreement and difference; and
- human reason used critically in the pursuit of knowledge.
Rev. Talcott is beginning her tenth year at St. Mark's, serving as Head Chaplain and religion department chair. Before coming to St. Mark's, she worked at another Episcopal school for six years, but her first career was in health care administration. She holds a B.A. in Religion from Princeton University, an MBA from Stanford, and a Master's in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She currently serves on the Brantwood Camp Board of Trustees, and she is canonically resident in New Hampshire.