Chapel

Find Your People. Begin the Journey.

When every student completes their time at Baylor, we want them to be able to identify a community of mentors, peers, and ministers who walked alongside them in their spiritual growth and development. Finding your people is about establishing yourself in a unique community that can support you in good and hard times, navigate the difficult questions, encourage and challenge you spiritually, and show you a picture of the flourishing Christian life. Chapel experiences are the start of this journey.

Chapel experiences emerge from the communities here at Baylor that are already investing in the spiritual lives of our students. From academic cohorts, LLCs, athletics, campus ministries, residential colleges, and other programs, there is a chapel experience connected to the groups our students are already finding themselves.

Chapels are an orienting experience where students select their section by identifying communities and connections that resonate with them. In these chapel experiences, each Baylor student will experience Christian discipleship and learning that exposes them to the flourishing Christian life within a supportive community that can continue this journey long after chapel credits are complete. While unique, these chapel experiences all share a continuity within Baylor’s mission for quality content from trained leaders.

Chapel is the oldest tradition in American higher education. When Baylor was founded in 1845, Chapel was a part of life for students and faculty alike. Chapel has played an integral role in the life of Baylor University since its inception. What began as a single daily prayer service for all faculty, staff, and students has transformed over time to meet needs and respond to changes within the life of the university and the world at large.



To help students find their people, the sections below organize each experience based on a unique community or interest. Our hope is that each student will see themselves reflected in some way in these experiences and choose accordingly with their continued spiritual development in mind.

For a detailed description of each course below, click HERE.
To see Fall 2022 Chapels, click HERE.

 

University Chapel Worship (CHA 1086)

This is a multi-cultural, corporate worship service that includes Scripture readings, prayers, worship music, and preaching that incorporates various cultural and historic representations of the local and global church. This chapel brings in top preachers and musicians while also including Baylor students, Faculty and staff in the course of the service.

CHA 1086-100: University Chapel Worship
CHA 1086-101: University Chapel Worship
CHA 1086-102: University Chapel Worship


Calling & Career Chapels (CHA 1087)

These chapel experiences are designed around the intersection of academic study and Christian formation. These chapels allow students to learn spiritual practices and vocational stewardship with those who share their fields of study. Participants can select a chapel that connects to their major or department. These chapels meet at various times and locations throughout the week and involve Baylor faculty, staff and sometimes other professionals to provide instruction and practices.

CHA 1087-120: Faith & the Healing Professions (Earle B2C)
CHA 1087-121: Faith & the Healing Professions (Earle B2C and HRC)
CHA 1087-126: Faith & Business
CHA 1087-128: Faith & the Arts: Theology Through Art
CHA 1087-133: Faith & the Arts: Design
CHA 1087-134: Faith & the Arts: Filmmaking
CHA 1087-136: Faith & the Arts: Theatre


Residential Chapels (CHA 1088)

Resident Chaplains, in partnership with some CL&L programs and staff, provide spiritual programming for residents. The chapel experiences in this section allow residents to get a chapel credit while participating in the spiritual programming provided by their Resident Chaplain. The type of program varies based on the residential community and the chaplain but is always designed to meet the spiritual needs of the unique, residential community. This category does not include the morning or evening prayers hosted in residential chapels. See Community Prayers for those options.

CHA 1088-01 Chapel at Allen and Dawson
CHA 1088-06 Chapel at N Village Texana/University House
CHA 1088-08 Chapel at South Russell


Campus Ministry Organization Chapels (CHA 1089)

These chapel experiences allow students to participate in their chapel experience through the leadership and programming of our campus ministry organizations. Each experience is unique to the organization but is incorporated into the faith formative practices, discipleship, worship, and outreach of the ministry.

CHA 1089-01 Vertical Ministries Chapel
CHA 1089-02 BSM Catalyst Chapel
CHA 1089-03 Chai Alpha Christian Fellowship Chapel
CHA 1089-04 RUF Chapel
CHA 1089-05 Cru Chapel
CHA 1089-06 Facetime with God Chapel
CHA 1089-08 Catholic Student Chapel
CHA 1089-10 Student Mobilization Chapel
CHA 1089-11 Young Life Chapel


Community Interest Chapels (CHA 1090)

Students who are drawn together by common interests and passions can find a chapel experience that allows them to participate with like-minded peers. These chapels include Christian teachings and spiritually formative practices that are attentive to the unique characteristics of these communities. Please read the descriptions to determine whether a certain community interest chapel is a good fit.

CHA 1090-01 Chapel for Post-Traditional Students
CHA 1090-02 Faith and Athletics 1
CHA 1090-03 Faith and Athletics 2
CHA 1090-04 Wilderness Spirituality
CHA 1090-05 Wilderness Spirituality: Grand Canyon
CHA 1090-06 International Student Chapel
CHA 1090-08 Recovery Chapel
CHA 1090-09 Chapel Abroad


Special Topics Chapels (CHA 1091)

These chapel experiences are designed to infuse Christian teaching and practices into topics that are important to our community. Participants will get to engage with specific subjects and learn faith-formative paths towards human flourishing. These experiences do not contain a worship-practice and might be a good fit for those who seeking a different kind of chapel due to their faith background or beliefs.  

CHA 1091-01 Beginning the Soulful Journey
CHA 1091-02 Christianity and Social Justice
CHA 1091-03 Sharing our Sacred Stories


Directed Studies Chapels (CHA 1092)

Instructor Approval Required

To arrange for Directed Chapel study experience, students will take initiative to meet with a chaplain in Spiritual Life to determine what will be the focus and approach to the experience (e.g. reading a book and discussing weekly with a chaplain, researching and writing a paper, etc).

CHA 1092-01: Directed Chapel Study with University Chaplain
CHA 1092-02: Directed Chapel Studies with Associate Chaplain
CHA 1092-03: Directed Chapel Studies for Athletes


Community Prayers (CHA 1093)

Morning and evening options are available for those who live near the embedded chapel locations around Baylor. For twenty-minutes, Monday through Thursday, participants come together with other local residents to pray and sing together using historic and modern liturgies. Students may take either a morning or an evening prayer option.

CHA 1093-01: Memorial Chapel Morning Prayers
CHA 1093-02: Robbins Chapel Morning Prayers
CHA 1093-03: Elliston Chapel Morning Prayers
CHA 1093-05: Memorial Chapel Evening Prayers
CHA 1093-06: Robbins Chapel Evening Prayers
CHA 1093-07: Elliston Chapel Evening Prayers

 

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