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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 Senior Associate Dean Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Associate Deans, The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders and Sughra Ahmed. 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

September 9 The Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright

September 16 Ms. Sughra Ahmed, Associate Dean for Religious Life

September 23* Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life, Multifaith Celebration of Spiritual Life at Stanford

September 30 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

October 7 Ms. Sughra Ahmed

October 14* The Rev. Victor Kazanjian

October 21*The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

October 28 Michael Tubbs

Nov. 4 Fr. Donal Godfrey

November 11* The Rev. Annanda Barclay

November 18* The Rev. Molly Logan

November 25 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

December 2* The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders

December 9* The Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain

December 16 Sughra Ahmed

December 23 The Rev. John Harrison

January 6 The Rev. Molly Logan, ‘02

January 13* The Rev. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

January 20* The Rev. Marvin K. White, Interim Minister of Celebration, GLIDE Church, San Francisco

January 27 Multifaith Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Karen Biestman, Associate Dean and Director, Native American Cultural Center

February 3* The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders, Associate Dean for Religious Life

February 10* The Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean for Religious Life

February 17 The Rev. Molly Logan, ‘02

February 24 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Sr. Associate Dean for Religious Life

March 3 Professor Linda Woodhead, Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University (UK)

March 10* The Rev. Dr. Tiffany Steinwert

March 17* The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders March 24 Sughra Ahmed, Associate Dean for Religious Life

March 30 Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*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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