Religious and Spiritual Life works together with our larger university community to promote the health of the whole person. Our goal is to provide spaces and places for you to explore and strengthen your religious or non-faith beliefs and traditions. We also seek to provide opportunities for persons of all different world views and beliefs to be in dialogue. We believe it is important to be in conversations to gain understanding and build bridges amongst our differences. Dialogue is not about debate, point-scoring, apologetics, or proselytization. Dialogue is about listening to and speaking with the other, in the hope of learning and coming to a place of mutual understanding. Further, dialogue is not necessarily an attempt to find or only focus on things upon which we agree, or to reduce things to a lowest common denominator. True dialogue is about working through our deepest particularities with the other, and it need not mean that we lose them or become less committed to our own positions.
Active student organizations are listed here. If you do not see a group you are looking for, ask us how to start one. For more information about student programs, visit the Chaplain's Office in Sears Hall (connected to Morris Chapel), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian American Christian Fellowship
Black Campus Ministries Intervarsity
Health Sciences Christian Fellowship
Hillel Jewish Student Club
Indian Student Association
Interfaith Council Tigers Better Together
Muslim Student Association
Newman Catholic Community
Open Door Methodist Student Ministries
Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Pacific Christian Fellowship Intervarsity
Nest Prayer Family Christian Student Club
Tigers for Christ (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
Secular Student Alliance
Sikh Student Association
You're not alone. Many people are interested in religion and its effects on society, and our aim is to provide a safe place for you to explore the important questions you have. From time to time we host seminars, lectures, panel discussions, dialogue sessions, and respectful debates, and many of our student groups are involved in organizing these. There is a wealth of activity going on and we encourage you to get involved, especially if your interests are not represented. We need your help! We also encourage you to think about taking courses in Pacific's excellent Department of Religious and Classical Studies. From time to time the Chaplain's office works together with faculty members and others in our community to co-sponsor events. In doing so our aim is to bring about the fullest and most satisfying Pacific experience possible.
Morris Chapel serves as a religious and spiritual center for both the University and Stockton communities. While the University was founded by three United Methodist Ministers, the chapel serves as a multifaith space, welcoming persons of all religious and non-faith beliefs and traditions.
Sacred Space provides a place for students to pray and meditate. Sacred Space is open to students of all religious and philosophical traditions, and is open daily throughout the school year.
The reflection pool in front of the DeRosa University Center is a beautiful place to have a moment of quiet reflection. This is often a place where prayer services, candlelight vigils, and other gatherings will take place on campus.
The meditation garden is located behind Morris Chapel and is a nice secluded place on campus to have a quiet moment.
Places of Worship in Stockton
There are over 160 religious organizations and places of worship in San Joaquin County. Here are some of the local places of worship in Stockton.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 occurring. 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.
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 Church. The chapel is Christian in look and feel, especially in terms or its stained glass window themes, inscriptions, 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.
Baccalaureate, a long standing tradition at Pacific, is a celebratory occasion on Commencement weekend, that honors our graduating class, often highlighting the religious and philosophical traditions of the student body. In addition to addresses and performances by various graduating students, we highlight the “Last Lecture”—a special lecture by a faculty member to share hypothetically “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”