Chapel

Love Embodied Chapel Theme


Chapel is where we intentionally pause from the busyness of life and seek to gather together in Christ's name.

As we continue to navigate through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for Spring 2021. All policies will be reviewed before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.

 

As we continue in our pursuit to be a community committed to practices that shape us to be more like Christ, we invite you to lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices here at PLNU. This semester the Office of Spiritual Development will be offering a variety of Chapel engagements on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, and on Thursday evenings (Evening Chapels will be moved from Wednesday to Thursday for this semester). Morning chapels will be live-streamed through the Canvas Chapel Course.  There will also be opportunities to engage in Alternative Chapel Engagements offered by various departments, clubs, and events across campus. Approved Alternative Chapel Engagements will be listed on the Canvas Chapel Course.

Live-streamed and Limited In-Person Chapel Gatherings

  • Mondays: Our Monday morning chapels will be live-streamed from Brown Chapel featuring a variety of internal and external speakers. Monday's chapel begins weekly at 9:45 a.m. and can be viewed on the Canvas Chapel Course.

  • Wednesdays: Wednesday mornings at 9:45 a.m. will offer a limited in-person chapel in the Greek Amphitheater as we gather together as a campus community to worship together and hear from PLNU campus pastors and visiting speakers to understand more deeply what it means to love God and neighbor through this year’s Chapel theme, Love Embodied. This chapel will also be live-streamed and available for viewing on the Canvas Chapel Course. 

  • Thursdays: Thursdays at 7 p.m., PLNU offers students an evening chapel gathering highlighting student faith stories and experiences. This chapel service will be held in the Greek Amphitheater as a limited in-person gathering. 

  • Fridays: Friday mornings at 9:45 a.m. will create space for programming from the Office of Spiritual Development, as well as Alternative Chapel Engagements (A.C.E) offered by various departments, clubs, and events across campus. Information of all approved A.C.E. opportunities will be listed on the Canvas Chapel Course.

Alternative Chapel Opportunities

As we lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices across our campus, we will offer a variety of ways to earn chapel credit by engaging in various online opportunities offered by departments, clubs, and events at PLNU. Students can earn up to a maximum of 4 chapel credits through approved Alternative Chapel Engagements (A.C.E). These opportunities will be available through the Canvas Chapel Course. All approved Alternative Chapel Opportunities (A.C.E) will be listed on the Canvas Chapel Course and available on the dates scheduled.


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Resources for Rest and Renewal Subscribe to the PLNU Chapel Calendar

Best-selling author Shauna Niequist speaks at Chapel.
Celebration of light Christmas service.
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a pastor, speaker, and author who leads biblical reconciliation and racial justice within the global church. Hear her speak at PLNU Chapel.
Pastor Mark Chase delivers an inspiring message to PLNU students.
Hear Megan Fate Marshman speak at a recent PLNU Chapel.
Rev. Gabriel Salguero is the president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and co-lead pastor of the Lamb's Church in New York.
Students worship during a candlelight service in Brown Chapel.
Students worship during a candlelight service in Brown Chapel.
Christine Suh, Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Fellowship Church, speaks at Chapel.
Touring painter, performance speaker, and creative curate Scott Erickson shares at Chapel.

Chapel at PLNU

 

Morning Chapels

Mondays at 9:45 a.m. live-streamed from Brown Chapel.
Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. in-person in the Greek Amphitheatre with live-stream option. 
Live-streaming available through the Canvas Chapel Course. 

Morning chapels are unique gatherings where we worship together, participate in spiritual practices as a community, and engage in the ministry of prayer. We come ready to be challenged to encounter God with all our beings — body, mind, heart, and soul — by the preaching of the word, testimony, and creative arts. All are welcome.

Evening Chapel

Thursdays at 7 p.m. in-person in the Greek Amphitheatre.

In addition to the Monday and Wednesday morning chapel offerings, PLNU offers students an evening chapel gathering that provides an opportunity to hear from students offering encouragement and sharing reflections about their faith journey.

Alternative Chapels

Fridays at 9:45 a.m. and other scheduled times listed on the Canvas Chapel Course. 

On Friday mornings we will create space to offer a variety of ways to earn chapel credit by engaging in various online opportunities offered by departments, clubs, and events at PLNU. All approved Alternative Chapel Opportunities will be listed on the Canvas Chapel Course and available on the dates scheduled.

Why We Gather

PLNU gathers for worship at least four times per week. We often get questions like “why chapel?” or “why is attending chapel required?” We are a Christian university that truly desires to invest in the spiritual growth and maturation of each student. Therefore, we provide opportunities for growth in Christ through four main avenues of expression: prayer, corporate worship, service, and discipleship.

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Chapel Requirements and Attendance Policies

Chapel Attendance Policy

Gathering to worship is critical to who we are as the body of Christ universal and therefore, extremely important for the PLNU community. We value the holistic development of one another and therefore, Chapel is an intentional space for community to be nurtured together.

As we continue to navigate through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for Spring 2021. All policies will be reviewed before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.

Procedure

Morning Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Mondays in Brown Chapel and will be live-streamed and available on our CANVAS Chapel platform. Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Greek Amphitheater and will be live-streamed and available through the Canvas Chapel Course.

  • To earn chapel credit, students must view the chapel content in its entirety and answer reflection questions associated with that chapel.
  • All live streams will be approximately 45 minutes, and the online submissions have four brief questions and should take no more than a few minutes to complete. 
  • Chapels will be recorded and available for later viewing and credit after 12 p.m. on the same day.
  • Students will be able to view, engage in reflection questions, and earn credit for chapels offered that week through Saturday at 11:59 p.m. PST. This means chapel offerings can be accessed the whole week through the weekend and no longer accessed by the following Monday of the next week.
  • Approved Alternative Chapels will be listed and available on the Canvas Chapel Course and will require an online submission for credit. This online submission will also take a few minutes to complete.
  • Evening Time Out Chapels will be available only in-person to a limited audience due to outdoor space limitations of the Greek Amphitheater, as well as to offer a safe space for students to share their faith journey with our community. 
  • Log into the Canvas Chapel Course, and there you will find the ‘Online Chapel’ course on your dashboard. Simply ‘click’ on the course to begin. On the ‘Home Page,’ you will find all the information regarding the Chapel theme ‘Love Embodied’, overall chapel expectations, and this semesters’ requirements.
  • Chapel attendance may be viewed through a student’s portal account located on the website (my.pointloma.edu). On the student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance.  Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis.  If you have questions or concerns, you can communicate via email only at chapelattendance@pointloma.edu. This account information is managed by the Office of Student Development in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Development.

Attendance

As we continue navigating through the complexities and challenges of a global pandemic, Chapel requirements have been reduced for this semester only. In our pursuit to be a community committed to practices that shape us to be more like Christ, we invite you to lean into the breadth of spiritual formation practices here at PLNU. This semester the Office of Spiritual Development will be offering a variety of Chapel engagements on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Thursday evenings (Evening Chapels will be moved from Wednesday to Thursday for this semester). There will also be opportunities to engage in Alternative Chapel Engagements offered by various departments, clubs, and events across campus. Approved Alternative Chapel Engagements will be listed on the Canvas Chapel Course. All policies will be reviewed before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Please review the following Chapel requirements for the Spring 2021 semester:

All students have the following requirements:

  • 16 Chapel credits per semester

For students 25 years of age or older OR commuter students enrolled in less than 12 units, there is no required Chapel attendance. All students are welcomed and encouraged to come to all Chapels.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in Chapel fines:

  • One to five excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence.
  • Six or more excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $20 for each absence in excess of five.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their chapel attendance on the portal.

*Note: The available amount totals may vary slightly each semester, yet they do include our current morning, evening, and alternative chapel credit opportunities.

Accountability

All students are expected to attend chapel as a university requirement. Requirements are communicated through the student portal or via PLNU email. Requirements are always on a per-semester basis. Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis via the Canvas Chapel Course and WorkDay.

Misrepresentation

Misuse of an ID card when scanning in or out of Chapel (including either manual or electronic scans) will result in an automatic $75 fine for each participating party. Each participant in violation of this policy will not receive credit for the chapel in question, and may be subject to other discipline.

Chapel Behavior

Students are expected to display behavior that is in accordance with PLNU’s Core Values and our Student Conduct Guidelines found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. Students will engage respectfully during the entirety of the chapel gathering as a practice of hospitality and grace with all those who are involved in leading our community, both internal members and invited guests. 

For credit on Canvas Chapel engagements, all online submissions must be fully completed by the due date and time and with language and full engagement that is appropriate in content and in accordance with PLNU’s Core Values and our Student Conduct guidelines found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. Late submissions will not be accepted as Canvas Chapel content will be inaccessible beginning at 12 a.m. of the following Sunday. 

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