- 1. When are services held at Morris Chapel?
- Catholic Mass takes place during the academic year every Sunday evening at 8PM in Morris Chapel
- Morning Prayer in the Christian Tradition takes place during the academic year every Tuesday at 8:00 AM followed by a Fair Trade Cafe
- Buddhist Meditation takes place during the academic year every Wednesday evening at 5:30PM in Morris Chapel
- Morris Chapel and Sacred Space in Colliver Hall is open daily for prayer and meditation and can be accessed using your Pacific ID card (contact the Chaplain's Office for more information)
- Various interfaith and other services and events take place during the year. Please check Pacific's Events Calendar for details.
- 2. What is Interfaith?
Interfaith is defined by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) as the engagement of people from diverse traditions, such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Secular Humanism, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Baha'i, atheist, agnostic, and all other religious, non-religious, and philosophical traditions. Alternative words like "multifaith," "interreligious," or "multireligious" can be used interchangeably to articulate the same idea.
For more information, check out our Interfaith FAQ sheet.
- 3. Can I book the Chapel for a student event?
Yes, you may book a student event in the Chapel. Morris Chapel has booked Greek events such as initiations and pinning ceremonies, as well as religious and spiritual prayer meetings, bible studies, and other student events. To book the Chapel, or any of our meeting spaces, contact us or drop-in during business hours (M-F: 8:30am-5pm) to fill out a Facility Request Form and reserve your space. We are located in Sears Hall, the North-West wing of the Morris Chapel building. There is a $20/hour fee associated with booking the Chapel and meeting spaces. This covers the cost to have an Event Manager on staff, as most events and meetings occur after our business hours.
- 4. Are there regulations on who can get married at Morris Chapel?
No. Morris Chapel does not have any regulations on who can have their ceremony at the Chapel. Each couple is required to bring their own minister. As we are also a non-denominational Chapel, this means that a variety of couples, including interfaith, inter-denominational, same-sex, and multicultural, have enjoyed their wedding ceremonies at Morris Chapel. For more information about having your wedding ceremony at Morris Chapel, please read through our Information Packet, and Brochure.
- 5. Do I have to make an appointment to view the Chapel? When is the Chapel open?
If you would like a tour of the Chapel with one of our staff members, then we ask that you call us in advance and schedule a time to visit us. If you would just like to stop by and check out the Chapel without a tour, you are more than welcome to walk through, so long as there is not a private event ocurring. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. The Chapel is open on weekends for private events such as weddings, memorials, baptisms, and other such events. We hold a Catholic Mass at 8pm on Sundays during the academic year, which is open to the public. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
- 6. Is Morris Chapel non-denominational?
Yes. Morris Chapel is a non-denominational Chapel. The University of the Pacific was founded by Methodist Ministers, and is still related to the United Methodist Chrurch (to read more, see here). The chapel is Christian in look and feel, especially in terms or its stained glass window themes, insciptions, crosses, and so on. For this reason we also have a Sacred Space prayer room that is less religiously specific in focus. It is beside Morris Chapel in Colliver Hall. Both spaces are open for use by all people.
- 7. Do you have a Mission, Vision, or do Assessment?
Our mission is to support the spiritual and religious lives of members of the Pacific community and to provide opportunities for students to explore and develop skills in engaging the variety of religious traditions.
Our vision is to have stronger cross-campus and community partnerships, to increase campus religious literacy, to contribute positively to whole-student learning, and to contribute to intercultural development, ethical reasoning, and critical thinking.
Click here to view our student learning outcomes and assessment.