Field Ed Profile: Hope Fried at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations.
Hope Fried, a second-year M.Div. student, is doing her field placement at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s, an Episcopal school on the Upper West Side.
What is your field site and what do you do there?
I work at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s, a private Episcopal school near Union. It’s a pre-K-8 school and this is my second year there. I’m a Religious Knowledge Educator, which is a fancy way to say “teacher.” I’m also a chaplaincy intern, so I lead weekly chapels and run religious holiday services.
Hope Fried, M.Div. ’20
Do you serve students of all faiths?
Yes, we do. I work with the school chaplain, Pastor Arden Strasser. He’s a Lutheran pastor, I’m a Jewish-identified chaplain, and together we teach about and serve communities of all faiths. St. Hilda’s is an Episcopal school, so we use the traditional hymnbook and our daily chapels have a simple Christian arc to them, but we are very intentional about serving students of all backgrounds. We’re definitely making advances in that regard; it’s something that I’m always working to improve at.
What are some of those advances or changes that you’re making?
I think it’s about embracing the traditions and the identity of St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s on one hand–

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