The weekday Chapel program is led by our chaplain, an Episcopal priest, and the Spiritual Life prefects, who represent our various religious traditions. The Chapel strives to be inviting, inclusive, and a safe place in which to strengthen the foundation of the community.
A typical weekday service opens with prayer, followed by a short reading that reflects anything from the speaker’s religious tradition to a favorite novel. Next, a student, faculty member, alumna/us, or guest delivers a Chapel talk. Whether funny, insightful, challenging, or touching, the talks provide a window to a deeper presence that daily routines sometimes obscure. The weekday service concludes with communal singing, often a hymn, sometimes followed by musical postludes performed by students.
Students are required to attend a weekend service each week; they choose among the services offered that best fit their own tradition or ethos. Many students from various Christian denominations attend a Sunday service in the Episcopal tradition at St. John’s Chapel. Jewish students often choose to observe a Friday evening Sabbath service; Muslim students gather in prayer and study; Hindu students gather for puja and study; Buddhist students (and many who consider themselves spiritual but not religious) find quiet time for meditation during a weekly sangha; and many Roman Catholic students attend Mass at the local parish.