Center for Campus Life

Memorial Chapel

Although the Chapel is one of the University's most visible icons, many are unaware of its role as a Memorial to those Maryland students, alumni, faculty and staff who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Chaplaincies work collectively to serve the spiritual needs of the University of Maryland.
Anyone is welcome to reserve space in Memorial Chapel regardless of their affiliation to the University.
$200,000 grant from the TKF Foundation to create a garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the South side of the Chapel.

Mission Statement

The Memorial Chapel is a multi-faceted campus facility serving numerous on-and off- campus populations and is home to a diverse range of events and personnel. Dedicated in 1952 as a living memorial to members of the University community that gave their lives in times of war, the Memorial Chapel is the center of religious life on campus and supports all fourteen university recognized chaplaincies and their programs. In addition, it is the site for weddings, concerts, lectures, convocations, commencements and other special events throughout the year.

Host your wedding at the Memorial Chapel.

Upcoming Events

Fridays in October: Pathways to Gratitude

Join Edie Anderson from the University Health Center for a free session of meditation and yogic breathing exercises around the theme of forgiveness and gratitude. Lunch is included! Sessions will meet every Friday (October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) from noon to 1:00PM at the Memorial Chapel Labyrinth and Garden of Remembrance and Reflection. Please RSVP to chapel@umd.edu or (301) 314-9866 with lunch preference of veggie or turkey. This event is funded in part by Open Spaces Sacred Places. Sponsored by Engagement, the Memorial Chapel, and the University Health Center.

Interested in Booking with the Chapel?

Whether you're a bride looking for the perfect ceremony spot or just looking for a great place to host a meeting, lecture, concert, baptism, or any other special event, the Memorial Chapel is just the place for you! Contact our Reservations Office at 301-314-9866 or chapel@umd.edu for pricing, availability and more information! 

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

AA meetings are taking place every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Chapel Lounge. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Contact the Washington Area Intergroup for more information on Alcoholics Anonymous (202) 966-9115. 

New Chapel Tradition 

At every home and away Football, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball game day, the carillon will chime the "Maryland Victory Song" at 11:30am and 30 minutes prior to the announced game time. Go Terps!

Upcoming Wedding & All-Event Open Houses

Come join us to learn more about renting the chapel for your wedding ceremony or other special event! All are welcome, and the event is free.

- Monday, October 6, 2 - 8 pm 

- Sunday, October 19, 2 - 4:30 pm  

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Fall 2014

Christian Reconnect Worship Service 

Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45pm

Garden Chapel 

Roman Catholic Mass

Monday – Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Main Chapel

Orthodox Christian Worship

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm

Garden Chapel

Baptist Worship & Prayer Meeting

Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm

Garden Chapel

Lutheran Student Association Worship and Dinner

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm

Chapel Lounge

United Methodist Worship and Bible Study

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm

Garden Chapel

Ancient Spiritual Practices and Contemplation

Cancelled for 9/30/2014 & 10/2/2014

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm

Chapel Lounge

Black Ministries Worship

Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Garden Chapel

Sunday Roman Catholic Mass

12:00-1:00pm

Main Chapel

United Campus Ministries

Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm

Main Chapel

GardenConnect at Memorial Chapel

Come check out Memorial Chapel’s unique interactive tour for young children (6-12), GardenConnect! It is a great opportunity to learn about University of Maryland’s campus, the beautiful garden surrounding the Chapel, as well as the Chapel itself, one of UMD’s most iconic landmarks. This program is free of charge and we tailor the tour to fit both the age group and the specific interests of the children. Contact Denise McHugh, Chapel Coordinator, for more information about placing a reservation. Funded by Open Spaces, Sacred Places. 

Main Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gardens: Open for Reflection 

Need a place to decompress, relax, meditate, or pray? Come by the Main or the Garden (West) Chapels, typically open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday. The Memorial Chapel is proud to announce that the interfaith Tree of Life has been permanently installed in the Garden (West) Chapel and invite those of all backgrounds and faiths to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect. The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is also available during daylight hours, and equally as welcoming and relaxing.

West Chapel Renamed: Garden Chapel

The West Chapel has officially been renamed the Garden Chapel, in honor of the new installation of the Tree of Life, a community art project that reflects the Tree of Life symbol in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. Those of all backgrounds and faiths are invited to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect.

Announcements

Interfaith Days: Oct.22nd-24th
 
Wed. Oct. 22nd
Interfaith Justice: An Interactive Discussion
Facilitated by Amy Weiss of Maryland Hillel and members of UMD community
12-1:30pm in Benjamin Banneker Room, Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life

Where does your motivation for justice come from? How can people from different faiths and backgrounds work together for common goals of justice? How can we create a campus community committed to justice for people of all faiths and identities? Discuss these questions and more in small groups facilitated by campus faith leaders. Kosher lunch provided. RSVP here

 
Thurs. Oct. 23rd
Religious and Spiritual Identity Film-making Project
Drop by anytime from 10am to 2pm at our table in Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life
What is your most deeply held belief?  Where do you find meaning? Interfaith Programs and Spiritual Diversity welcomes students from all religious, non-religious and spiritual identities to share their perspective on these questions and more as part of a film-making project. Answers will be edited into a short film to be displayed on our website.
 
Film & Discussion: Beyond Our Differences
Discussion facilitated by Rev. Holly Ulmer, United Campus Ministry
4-6pm in Juan Ramon Jimenez Room, Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life
Religion can be a powerful force for both division and unity. Through interviews with contemporary religious leaders, politicians, scholars and activists, Beyond Our Differences looks at the positive role different faiths can play in addressing the pressing problems facing our world today. Film viewing will be followed by a moderated discussion.
 
Fri. Oct. 24th
Pathways to Gratitude Meditation Class
Edie Anderson, University Health Center and Rev. Kiran Sankhla, Hindu Chaplaincy
12-1pm at Labyrinth, Chapel Garden of Reflection and Remembrance                            
Join us for a free session of yogic breathing exercises and meditation on gratitude. RSVP to chapel@umd.edu; turkey or veggie lunch

Religious and Spiritual Identity Film-making Project
Drop by anytime from 10am to 2pm

Memorial Chapel Garden of Reflection and Remembrance


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2002 Class Gift

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Faith Survey
Interested in learning more about the faith communities and chaplaincies on campus? Click here and fill out the University's faith preference survey to receive information.

 


Chapel Garden
In a time when most people run their lives with an overcrowded calendar and the world seems a bit more fragile, finding time - let alone a place - to reflect is difficult.
The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is a place for quiet contemplation.

 

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