Chapel Talks

Listen to some of the recent talks given by students, faculty, staff, parents, and guests, at services held in the A. Felix duPont Memorial Chapel.

Privilege & Responsibility, Confidence & Connection
Mercedes Abramo P’18

In this Parents Weekend Chapel Talk, current parent Mercedes Abramo P'18 shares essential habits—learned from her own career in business leadership—for developing a "human community" in your own particular ecosystem, wherever that may be.

"Like a Tree Standing by the Water, We Shall Not Be Moved"
Emily Pressman

History Department Chair Emily Pressman gives a rousing Chapel Talk on the roots of her own love of history and the work of civil rights activist Diane Nash, and urges us to ask ourselves: "What can I do?"

Battle of the Sexes 2.0: Never Lower Our Guard
Elizabeth Roach

Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach speaks candidly about the joys of growing up in a "feminist household", the challenges of her own experiences with sexism, and the need for collaboration across gender in the fight for social equality.

Do Not Worry About Your Life
Giselle Furlonge

Dean of Diversity Education Giselle Furlonge gives a Wednesday night Chapel Talk about how she works to remember the words of Matthew 6:25 and be present in her busy and sometimes overwhelming days as a new mother, teacher, advisor, and dorm parent.

You Can Sweat
Bowman Dickson

Math teacher Bowman Dickson shares the motivations and memories behind his long-distance running habit, and explains why we're all capable of running our own personal marathons.

Our Human Family
Bishop Bud Shand

In this opening Wednesday night Chapel Talk of the 2017-18 school year, retired Bishop Bud Shand calls for radical empathy and love for all members of our human family.

A Letter to SAS
Rachel Sin ’17

In this Mein Chapel Talk, Graduating senior Rachel Sin '17 writes a farewell letter to St. Andrew's and recalls the small moments of discovery and growth she's experienced during her time here.

How to Bottle Your Memories
Hannah Beams ’17

Shortly before graduation, VI Form student Hannah Beams '17 digs up a time capsule she'd buried at the end of her freshman year—and wonders how she can ever truly preserve all of her memories of St. Andrew's.

The Unlikely Lessons of St. Andrew's
Harrison Foley ’17

Harrison Foley '17 gives a Mein Chapel Talk on how St. Andrew's has helped him learn to be comfortable with "being yourself"—and that it's okay not to know exactly what "being yourself" means just yet.

Love That Room
Kya Bunn ’17

In this Mein Chapel Talk, VI Form student Kya Bunn '17 shares the ways in which the Pell Common room has impacted her life, and the lives of so many other female students, during her four years at SAS.

Four Lessons on Leadership
Vik Malhotra

On Sunday of our 2017 Arts Weekend, VI Form parent Vik Malhotra P'17 delivered this Chapel talk on the four habits of character he believes are required for great leadership.

Unknowable Risks & Deep Kindness
Diahann Johnson

Retiring French teacher Diahann Johnson delivers her last Chapel Talk of her tenure at St. Andrew's. In it, she reflects on her experiences as the first African-American women to join St. Andrew's teaching faculty.

Do Small Things With Great Love
Betsy Cahill

Trustee and current parent Betsy Cahill P'11,'12,'19 gave this Friday afternoon Chapel Talk on the importance of pursuing habits of humility in our ambitious and self-promotional world.

At St. Andrew's, I Tell People I Love Them
Sam Permutt

In this Wednesday night Chapel Talk, Math teacher and boys basketball coach Sam Permutt shares anecdotes from his time playing professional basketball in Israel, and what that experience taught him about the importance of living in service to others—of living in love.

The Race That's Marked Out For Us
Cynthia Poarch

Registrar Cynthia Poarch shares her experience of having a life-saving liver transplant, and meditates on the effects of time, chance, and hard work on the shape and direction of our lives' paths.

Show Your Love: Grab That Oar and Help Us Row to Shore
Donald Duffy

In this talk, Spanish teacher Donald Duffy emphasizes the importance of our mutual willingness to contribute to the greater good, in small ways as well as large. He also kicks off the talk with a rousing rendition of "Without Love" by Tom Jones, sung yes, from the Chapel lectern.

The Consequential Inconsequential
Ed Strong ’66 P’07,’10

2016 Distinguished Alumni Ed Strong '66 P'07,'10 gives a Chapel Talk on the "consequential inconsequential": those apparently small things in one's life—a gift, a conversation, a choice—that turn out to be transformational.

"Lord Save Us, We Are Perishing"
Matt McAuliffe

Classics teacher Matt McAuliffe shares some fear-filled turning points in his life, and suggests ways we all might rebuke our fears of the storms that surround us.

Open Hearts, Open Minds
Staci Williams Seeley P’17

On Sunday morning of our 2016 Parents Weekend, Staci Williams Seeley P'17 delivered this Chapel Talk on the daily practices required to maintain an open heart and an open mind.

21 Questions for God
Giselle Furlonge

Classics Department Chair and Director of Diversity Education Giselle Furlonge explores the difference between the productive and unproductive questions she's asked herself, and asked of God.

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