SAS Podcasts

Listen to audio of recent Chapel Talks, guest speakers, student performances, School panels, Headmaster's Forums, and interviews with members of our community.

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2016-2017 School Year

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."

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.


2015-2016 School Year

Piecing Together the Elephant
Alexia Ildefonso ’16

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.

The Little Moments of St. Andrew's
Donovan Simpson ’16

Donovan Simpson '16 asks us to appreciate the little moments of listening and friendship that make the St. Andrew's experience unique and meaningful.

How I Learned to Be Honest with Myself
Eden Rickolt ’16

Eden Rickolt '16 shares a singular experience that made her realize the blind spots in her self-perception, and her habit of feeling inadequate.

Receiving So Much Love
Michelle Gao ’16

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.

Finding Solace in Silence
Garrett Hanrahan ’16

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.

Being Okay with Being Wrong
Sophia Torrance ’16

Sophia Torrance '16 describes how SAS has helped her learn to relish feedback and constructive criticism.

Rejecting a Single Category
Cindy Lay ’18

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.

The Challenge of Misidentification
Baylen Manocha ’18

Baylen Manocha '18 recalls how, despite his own negative experiences with racial misidentification, he too has misidentified the race of his classmates.

Habits for Happiness
Annie Egan P’13,’13,’16,’16

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.)

Seeing the Speck in My Eye, the Brown in My Skin
Shridhar Singhania ’18

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."

There Goes the Stereotype
Tori Tull ’18

Tori Tull '18 shares her search for self-truth amid the many stereotypes she associates with the "average black person."

The Embrace of the School
Phil Pensinger

Grounds Care Team Leader Phil Pensinger shares reflections on his battle with cancer, and how St. Andrew's supported him during his recovery.

"Do Not Be Afraid"
Julia Smith

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.

My Excellent Adventure to Jordan
Gretchen Hagenbuch

VI Form Advisor and wellness teacher Gretchen Hagenbuch talks about her recent trip to Jordan and her ongoing exploration of the practice of faith.

Spiritual Buds on the Family Tree
Ann Taylor

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.

Deborah Stein, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries

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.

Creative Acts of Epiphany
Headmaster Tad Roach

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.

Looking Under the Rock
John Seabrook ’76

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.

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