An Episcopal School

Student acolyte holding candle

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.

The overall school community is characterized by openness, trust and forgiveness.

As an Episcopal school, we believe that God is honored in the diversity of languages, cultures, and traditions. It is the very differences that delight God. At our best, we at SAS promote the importance of differing perspectives, because in so doing we better understand the world, God, and ourselves and will more fully understand how God is calling us to serve the world.

The Rev. Molly Short

COVID-19 Disruption Information

How can I stay connected to the chapel program?

We will post weekly offerings here to help us all stay grounded and connected during the weeks ahead. Each Sunday we will post a recorded compline service. On Mondays, Mother Short will post a brief message with links to further resources for your spiritual and emotional support. Wednesdays we will include messages of encouragement (and fun!) from various faculty and staff. Finally, Thursdays the Howard Thurman book study on Jesus and the Disinherited meets at 7:45 pm. If you are interested in joining this group, please email Mother Short (

What if I want to follow along in the services from home?

Here are links to our Compline service videos, the service sheet, Book of Common Prayer, and hymn lyrics.

A Message from Mother Short


  • 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. Boarding students also attend a Compline service on Sunday evenings. As we are able, we will also provide transportation for students to additional worship services in the Episcopal church and/or other faith traditions.
  • 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.
  • Senior Chapel Talks are opportunities for members of the senior class to offer the gift of wisdom, truth, and encouragement to fellow students, faculty, and staff. Family, friends, and community members are encouraged to attend.
  • With the help of our Chaplain, students may prepare for baptism or confirmation in the Episcopal Church.

Chapel Staff

Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Religion Department Chair
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2140
J.R. Ankney

J.R. Ankney

Titles: Music Teacher, Musical Director, Chapel Music Director, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's)
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3209

Honor and Trust

Recitation of the Honor Code

Honor and trust are vitally important in our small community. Every member of the community signs our Honor Code annually, vowing not to lie, cheat, or steal. Students accused of violating the Honor Code may be required to appear before the Honor Council, an elected committee of students and faculty advisors that deliberates about each situation and then makes a recommendation to the Head of School.

Chapel Music

Our chapel musicians, under the direction of Music Director J.R. Ankney, include the Vocal Ensemble, interested instrumentalists, and occasional performances from student soloists and our Middle School ensembles.

Community Service

Students in Jamaica with Boys Town Clients and Staff

Service and outreach at SAS are reflections of our sense of responsibility for the community we live in. Projects range from schoolwide or class-based activities to students seeing a need and addressing it as individuals or in small groups. Upper School students are required to complete 15 hours of community service each year they are in the Upper School.

The Middle Way

Meeting of the Middle Way

Our Middle School fellowship group fosters friendships among middle school students, strengthens the bond between our upper school group leaders and middle school participants, and offers spiritual nourishment. The Middle Way complements our Chapel programming and includes small group discussion, conversation over snacks, and games. 

Religion in the Curriculum

As an Episcopal School, we are dedicated to helping our students understand the importance and influence of faith traditions as both cultural and ethical phenomena. Eighth grade students enjoy a one-semester Introduction to Ethics course and seniors complete a yearlong  Introduction to Religious Studies course. 


Young man washing dishes

Students Helping Out Weekly (SHOW) puts students to work for one hour each week in service to the school. SHOW jobs include dish crew (a requirement for every student new to the Upper School), teachers' helpers, marketing and admission assistants, and more.


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