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University Public Worship

Time: Every Sunday at 10:00 AM
Location: Memorial Church (also known as “MemChu”)

Protestant Ecumenical Christian worship featuring outstanding choral and organ music as well as thoughtful speakers and preachers from diverse religious traditions including the Stanford University Dean for Religious Life, The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw; Senior Associate Dean Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann and Associate Dean, The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders. Holy Communion offered twice each month; Sacrament of Baptism offered twice (Fall and Spring) during the academic year. Multifaith services featuring student speakers, musicians and vocalists are held throughout the academic year. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, visitors and community members are always welcome to this engaging, nourishing and thoughtful service of worship.

Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University. It is open to anyone anywhere on the spiritual journey on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in this spectacular and sacred venue.

If one is interested in volunteering at UPW as an usher, reader or Communion assistant, email

University Public Worship Service Schedule

December 24: The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders - Christmas Eve Family Service

*December 24: The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw - Christmas Eve Festival Communion

January 7 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Sr. Associate Dean for Religious Life

January 14 Ms. Sughra Ahmed, Associate Dean for Religious Life

January 21 Multi-Faith Celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - The Rev. Dr. Zandra Jordan

January 28* The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life

February 4 Sharon Kugler, University Chaplain, Yale University

February 11* The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of the Chapel, Duke University

Sermon series on What Lent Means to Me:

February 18* The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw

February 25 The Ven. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Associate Vice-Provost for Administration

March 4* The Rev. Annanda Barclay, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto

March 11* Professor Grant Parker, Associate Professor of Classics

March 18 The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders, Associate Dean for Religious Life

March 25* Palm Sunday - The Rev. Jeremy Clark-King, Congregational Development Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of California

April 1* Easter Sunday - The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw

April 8 Ms. Sughra Ahmed

April 15  The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw

April 22* The Rev. Professor Keith Ward

April 29 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

May 6 Ms. Molly Logan (with performance by the Chocolate Heads Movement Band)

May 13 Ms. Sughra Ahmed

May 20* The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

May 27* The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

June 3 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

June 10* The Rev. Professor Jane Shaw 

June 17 Commencement-- no service

June 24  Rev. John Harrison

July 1  Ms. Sughra Ahmed

July 8  Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

July 15  Ms. Sughra Ahmed

July 22  Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

July 29*. The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

*denotes Communion service

UPW Service Bulletins

Please visit: for access to past UPW service bulletins.

UPW Rebroadcasts

KZSU 90.1 FM rebroadcasts University Public Worship on the Internet at and on 90.1 FM every Sunday at 11:30 am.

Recent Sermon Podcasts:

Sermons audio is hosted by iTunesU, and can be listened to online. 

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