Our Chapel Program Wants to Hear from You!
Liz Torrey

 

Dear Students & Parents,

St. Andrew's Chapel program welcomes you! The Chapel plays a central role in the communal life of our School. Before you arrive on campus, the Chapel team begins to plan our programming for the upcoming year as well as to pray for the time we will spend together. This fall we are committed to bringing a diverse array of speakers and preachers to complement our usual line-up of faculty and staff presenters. As usual, the services will be student-led and will occasionally feature a student speaker. Our Sunday morning Eucharist services promise enriching worship as well as uplifting sacred music. Our Chapel services are central to the fostering of our community, and we hope that you will consider ways that you might become involved in our Chapel program. Since our services require the teamwork of students, faculty, and staff, there are a number of opportunities for you to offer your time and talents to endow our services with vitality and meaning. Please consider the following list of ways to be involved in our Chapel program:  

  • Acolytes—provide assistance for Wednesday and Sunday services, light candles, join the procession into the Chapel carrying the cross, torches, Gospel book, and St. Andrew's banner
  • Lay Eucharistic Ministers—seniors who serve as chalice bearers on Sunday morning
  • Lay Readers—responsible for reading lessons, psalms, or prayers during worship
  • Sacristans—set up for services and clean up afterwards
  • Singing in the Choir
  • Ushers—assist with seating, decorum, and handing out service materials

As your Chaplain, I am eager to meet the specific religious needs of each student. If you would take a moment to fill our Chapel Info Request Form, that will help us to serve you better. Please note that providing this information is completely voluntary.

I look forward to hearing from you and cannot wait to see you in September! If you have any questions about our Chapel program, please do not hesitate to contact me at jhutchinson@standrews-de.org, or by replying to this email.

The Rev. Jay Hutchinson

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Stuart Clarke P'19 Gives Annual Environmental Lecture
Stuart Clarke P'19 Gives Annual Environmental Lecture
Liz Torrey

Stuart Clarke P'19 delivered St. Andrew's annual Environmental Lecture to a packed Engelhard Hall on Friday, September 28. Clarke has served as the Executive Director of the Town Creek Foundation since 2004; the Town Creek Foundation is a philanthropic foundation that supports ecological sustainability efforts in and around Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. In his talk, he tried to give students an idea of what the actual impacts of climate change would be—large-scale human migration, changing agricultural practices, increased and intensified natural disasters—on the world that they will inherit, as well as a few examples of how students might respond to and live in such a world.

"What does it mean to make a meaningful life in a world that is two, or three, or four degrees warmer?" Clarke asked in his talk. "We can choose to do the work of helping the species to evolve into a functional relationship with its altered habitat, and this is work that will require all hands on deck. It'll require artists and writers to help better understand how and what to love, and thereby help to expand our conceptions of kin to include those species that are currently outside the margins of our attention and affection. It's work that'll require scientists and engineers to help conceive and develop and implement technologies that can extend, and align, and allocate resources to support this expanded kinship. And it's work that will require civic and cultural leaders to build and manager a social and political infrastructure to sustain a new us."

Clarke's talk, which you can watch in full on our Livestream channel, was followed on Saturday morning by the School's annual Pond Day (formerly known as "Environmental Orientation"), during which students and faculty head out into St. Andrew's 2200 acres to enjoy small group activities. This year's slate of Pond Day outings included a canoeing exploration of Noxontown Pond; trail maintenance work and hiking in the woods; road cycling in the Middletown area with Joshua Meier, Ana Ramirez, and Dave Miller (our resident faculty cyclists), a survivalist cooking lesson with Donald Duffy; building a campus obstacle course; outdoor watercoloring, sunprinting, and sketching; tai chi and meditation on the grass docks; a discussion of the play "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard on the Garth; a catch-and-release fishing derby on the crew docks; tree planting; and lawn games (croquet, badminton, etc.) at the Lewes Farm.

"Thank you for the good start of this beautiful weekend," said Interim Director of Sustainability and environmental science teacher Peter McLean after Clarke's talk. "Your consideration of Stuart's clear and thoughtfully-stated message is appreciated. We must continue to respond intentionally to this well-substantiated and urgent challenge of climate change; there is no greater threat to us and other life on earth. Gardening, biking, hiking, planting trees, appreciating food and lessening waste, closing windows when the AC or heat is on, proper recycling, supporting renewables, turning off lights, writing our representatives, carbon offsets, driving the speed limit in fuel-efficient vehicles, voting—these are among the significant solutions available to us every day."

Following Pond Day activities, McLean kept the environmental party going with a Saturday night camp-out for students in his backyard, which borders some of St. Andrew's farm fields, and a six-mile canoe trip on the Brandywine River on Sunday afternoon. Rowers spotted woodpeckers, wrens, vultures, kingfishers, fish, turtles, impatiens, asters, goldenrod, and covered bridges, and also worked to pick up debris along the waterway. "We did our best to pick up as much trash as we could," said rower Lou Berl, "which often meant fighting a very strong current to get back upstream to pick up a few large items, like a giant plastic barrel."

"Please continue to appreciate that everyone, as an individual, is powerful," McLean noted. "As individuals or in small groups, we can make a difference; indeed, as celebrated anthropologist Margaret Mead argued, it is the only thing that ever has. Please let us all keep this in mind as we live our lives every day while thinking of the lives of our children and of future generations of all life."