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.

Finding Your Calling
Jason Kunen

In this Wednesday night Chapel Talk, religious studies faculty member, Jason Kunen, shares about how sometimes you don't find your calling, but sometimes it finds you!

The Key to Happiness
Dr. Harvey Johnson ’97

In this Wednesday evening Chapel Talk, Dr. Harvey Johnson ’97 shares about the key to happiness. 

Overcoming Stereotypes
Ashley Hyde

In this Friday Chapel, Science teacher, Ashley Hyde, shares about her journey of overcoming stereotypes. 

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
The St. Andrew's SDC (Student Diversity Committee)

This Wednesday night Chapel talk, the St. Andrew's SDC (Student Diversity Committee) leads the school through many performances and talks celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Founders Day Chapel
Randy Brinton ’64

In this Wednesday night Chapel Talk, delivering during our Founders Day service, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Randy Brinton ’64 shares about the importance of being good, giving, and helping others.

Honoring Academic Advisors
Phil Walsh

In this Friday chapel, Advisees gather to share stories and honor their Academic Advisors.

Walking to the Beat of Your Own Drum
Billy Brown

In this Wednesday night Chapel Talk, Billy Brown, a member of the St. Andrew's Security Team, encourages us all to step out of our comfort zones and to walk to the beat of your own drum.

What Being Muslim Means to Me
Ibrahim Kazi ’23

In this Wednesday night Chapel Talk, delivering during our annual Diwali service, Ibrahim Kazi ’23 shares why he is proud to be a Muslim, and how he has shared and defended his religious identity to others in the past. 

"The Sense of an Ending"
Elizabeth Roach

In this Wednesday evening Chapel Talk, Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach shares with the student body her plans to leave St. Andrew's, with Head of School Tad Roach, in June 2021.

Finding a Calling
Tad Roach

In this Wednesday evening Chapel Talk, Head of School Tad Roach shares with the student body his plans to leave St. Andrew's, with Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach, in June 2021. 

The Act of Radical Communication
Liz Torrey

Dean of Diversity Education Devin Duprey explores the concept of "radical communication"—and shares her first lesson in this method as learned on a McDonald's jungle gym at the age of 4.

God Does Not Call the Equipped—He Equips the Called
Liz Torrey

In this Wednesday evening Chapel Talk, Director of Athletics Al Wood recounts the seasons in his life in which he thought he was unprepared for everything to come—and how those moments turned out to be some of the most powerful and profound of his life.

Why We Say Hi in the Halls
Piper Ackermann ’19

Piper Ackermann '19 recalls her first impression of St. Andrew's: how no one was looking at their phones, and everyone was saying hello in the halls. She gave this Chapel Talk in anticipation of a student-organized Phone-Free Weekend.

Sharing Simple Moments Together
Owen Pinto ’20

Owen Pinto '20 gave this Friday morning Chapel Talk on how technology has affected his relationships, in anticipation of the School's Phone-Free Weekend, which Owen organized.

Considering the Pros and Cons of Smartphones
Hannah Murphy ’19

Hannah Murphy '19 gave this Friday morning Chapel talk on how she recently evaluated her relationship to her phone, and the choices she's made around use of social media. She gave this talk in advance of a student-organized Phone-Free Weekend

Dear Phone
Josie Friedli ’20

In this Friday morning Chapel Talk, giving in advance of a student-organized "Phone-Free Weekend," Josie Friedli '20 shares this "Dear John" letter to her phone.

We Are the Prodigal Son
Sam Speers

Sam Speers, Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College (and brother of Associate Head of School Will Speers), gave this Friday morning Chapel Talk on the prodigal son and God's grace.

Unseen Things that Do Not Die
Will Speers

In this Wednesday evening Chapel Talk, Associate Head of School Will Speers talks about the revelations he received from reading his V Form students' papers on Wuthering Heights over Spring Break.