Episcopal Tradition

At St. Andrew's-Sewanee School we enjoy a rich Anglican heritage. Our historic understanding of faith encourages openness and respect for other religious traditions while the school community remains grounded in the history, tradition, and liturgy of the Episcopal Church. Students are encouraged to find their own process to a faith that will provide them with a deeper understanding of life and service.

My job is to make room for reflection. Whether it's in worship, religion class, or one-on-one conversations with students, I help students reflect on their experiences, and how they're shaping their lives and their beliefs. ~ The Rev. Drew Bunting, Chaplain
  • Students represent a wide range of faith traditions. Forty percent of our students are Episcopalian.
  • The overall school community is characterized by openness, trust and forgiveness.
  • The School Chaplain, an Episcopal priest, is a full time employee of the school and serves as pastor to the school community.
  • Students and faculty attend regular chapel services in the 100-year-old St. Andrew's Chapel. An all-school Eucharist is celebrated on Monday morning as a means of gathering and focusing the entire community at the beginning of each week. Music is an important part of our worship.
  • All seniors take a one year course focusing on the religions in the Abrahamic traditions. The course culminates in each student writing a Creedal Statement addressing the student's ultimate concerns and beliefs.
O God, who through the love and labor of many, has built upon this Mountain a goodly heritage, and has crowned our school with honor and length of days, we give you thanks for past achievements and future hopes accomplished in our midst; but chiefly do we offer gratitude for the gift of your son Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of our life together, and the revealer of all truth. May we, and all who follow after us, maintain a zealous quest for learning and wisdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ School Prayer

Find out more about Sewanee, an Episcopal Center of Learning.

The Rev. Drew Bunting '93, Chaplain

Fr. Bunting returned to SAS in 2014 out of a desire to give back to his alma mater. "I received so much from the school. I would not be the person I am without it, and I want to be part of sharing those same benefits with today's students." Joined by The Rev. Molly Short, Assistant Chaplain, their pastoral goal is to help students to know that there is a person who cares about them and believes that they matter. They also seek to help students find time, in their busy lives, for reflection.

Assistant Chaplain Molly Short serves as liaison to our regional churches.

Learn about a day in the life of our chaplains. Enjoy an interview with Father Bunting on AdmissionQuest or learn more about him on our Administration site.


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