2017 Distinguished Alum Cristy Colon '87 gave this Chapel Talk on her experience at St. Andrew's, and how both its positives and negatives shaped her character long after graduation.
Listen to audio of recent Chapel Talks, guest speakers, student performances, School panels, Headmaster's Forums, and interviews with members of our community.
Head of School Tad Roach gave the following Chapel Talk after the School's annual Thanksgiving dinner, and shares his reflections on the "radical love" and action of Civil Rights activist and leader Diane Nash, who spoke to the School community earlier this year.
Associate Head of School Will Speers recalls moments of fear in his life and wrestles with the question of: what can we do when we're scared?
Classics and English teacher Phil Walsh delivers this All Saints Day Chapel Talk on how a review of his recently published book falsely pigeonholed him as a certain kind of person, and how that experience helped him see the "danger of a single story," in the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alum LeMar McLean '00 delivered this talk to graduating seniors at the 2017 VI Form Dinner. LeMar spent the spring of 2017 at St. Andrew's teaching acting classes and producing the spring play, while theatre teacher Ann Taylor was traveling on a one-semester sabbatical. In his talk, LeMar shares the "secrets" of life after St. Andrew's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Muqtedar Khan, founding Director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware's Islamic Studies Program, makes his annual visit to speak in the SAS Chapel. In this year's talk, he explored how we can simultaneously live in a pluralistic society and respect each other's beliefs, while also advocating for our own religious practices.
Spanish teacher Dave Miller shares some of his experiences from his sabbatical year in Costa Rica, and encourages us all to seek new perspectives on those things we think we "already know."
Longtime SAS history teacher and boys crew coach Lindsay Brown—and some of his former students—reflect on Brown's thirty years at St. Andrew's.
Religious Studies Department Chair Terence Gilheany delivered this Chapel Talk during our Eid al-Adha service. In it he explores the "spirit of Eid": which is the joy of radical sharing with others.
Bishop Wayne Wright, who will retire in early 2017 after 19 years of service as Bishop for the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, delivers his final Wednesday night talk in our School Chapel.
Alexia Ildefonso '16 shares the many (hilarious) ways in which the collaborative nature of study and life at St. Andrew's has helped to learn just how much she doesn't know, and just how much she loves to learn.
Donovan Simpson '16 asks us to appreciate the little moments of listening and friendship that make the St. Andrew's experience unique and meaningful.
Eden Rickolt '16 shares a singular experience that made her realize the blind spots in her self-perception, and her habit of feeling inadequate.
Michelle Gao '16 recalls the moments of insecurity, anxiety, and homesickness she experienced as a new student—and how her advisors, teachers, and friends helped her to learn to confront and overcome those feelings.
Garrett Hanrahan '16 explains how SAS has helped him develop an appreciation for the moments of deep silence he can find in his day-to-day life.
Sophia Torrance '16 describes how SAS has helped her learn to relish feedback and constructive criticism.
Althea Clarke '19 urges us to dismiss "classifying spaces" of whiteness or blackness.
Keegan Pando '17 candidly shares his preference for one side of his heritage, and the guilt associated with that preference.
Cindy Lay '18 recounts how her involvement in St. Andrew's Mulit-Racial Affinity Group has helped her to let go of the need to categorize herself as a particular race.
Baylen Manocha '18 recalls how, despite his own negative experiences with racial misidentification, he too has misidentified the race of his classmates.
August Saguil '17 shares how perceptions of his racial identity change depending on where he is in the world.
Lian Bourret '18 talks about the benefits and drawbacks of her mixed racial identity.
Annie Egan P'13,'13,'16,'16 delivered this Chapel Talk on Sunday morning of the School's 2016 Arts Weekend. She shares how her work as a doctor and her experiences as a St. Andrew's parent have helped her to develop a list of "best practices" for personal happiness. (Annie recorded her talk after the fact.)
Shridhar Singhania '18 recalls his recent interrogation by immigrations officials at the Miami Airport, and explores the dangers of implicit bias and the "single story."
Tori Tull '18 shares her search for self-truth amid the many stereotypes she associates with the "average black person."
Grounds Care Team Leader Phil Pensinger shares reflections on his battle with cancer, and how St. Andrew's supported him during his recovery.
V Form Dean and Spanish teacher Julia Smith explores concepts of bravery and fear, shares student acts of bravery she's witnessed, and explains how courage has manifested itself in her own life.
VI Form Advisor and wellness teacher Gretchen Hagenbuch talks about her recent trip to Jordan and her ongoing exploration of the practice of faith.
Arts Department Co-Chair and Theatre Program Director Ann Taylor discusses the multiplicity of faiths within her own family—from Sikhism, to Transcendental Meditation—and the ways in which she has relied on her own beliefs throughout her life.
Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries Deborah Stein spoke about the current global refugee crisis, and shares with students ways in which they can get involved in advocating for and assisting resettled refugees.
Headmaster Tad Roach delivers a Chapel Talk on the Wednesday before Epiphany. In it, he explores a creative and courageous act of epiphany taken place right now in Afghanistan.
Distinguished Alumni award recipient John Seabrook '76 gives a Chapel Talk on the source of his enduring curiosity (hint: it has to do with Bill Amos) that fuels his work as a writer for the New Yorker magazine.