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Chapel is a weekly campus wide worship service that typically meets on Tuesday mornings at 11:10am in the sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church. This service provides a space for all members of the SPU community (students, faculty, and staff) to worship and learn the Christian story together.

Services consist of corporate worship through song, scripture reading, prayer, and a sermon or testimony by a special guest. Each year we explore the Scriptures and our Christian faith from a variety of perspectives, drawing on the expertise of our own campus community as well as representatives from the larger global Christian community.

Gather is an Associated Students of Seattle Pacific ministry team consisting of artists and musicians that help facilitate worship for the SPU community.  The team primarily serves during the weekly Tuesday morning Chapel service, but can be seen around campus in a vareity of contexts providing music and art for various worship gatherings throughout the year.


Ways to Connect:

  • Meet the 2015-2016 Gather Ministry Team.
  • You can follow Gather on social media at Instagram.
  • If you would like to submit a prayer request, email us here.
  • If you are interested in serving alongside the 2015-2016 Gather Ministry Team, email us here

Fall 2016 -Civic Engagement

Tuesdays, 11:10am, First Free Methodist Church Sanctuary (unless otherwise noted)

This quarter we will explore the theme of Civic Engagement in chapel given that SPU’s motto is “Engaging the Culture, Changing the World” and since we are in an election year.  In worship we will reflect upon what it means for God’s people to participate in their local, national, and global communities.  We will seek to address the question, what does Christian public faithfulness, holiness, and witness look like?  Come join us, every Tuesday, 11:10am-12:00pm at First Free Methodist Church for a time of worship.




Tue, 09/27

Opening Academic Convocation

Sharleen Kato

Professor & Director of Family & Consumer Sciences, SPU

Opening Academic Convocation is a ceremony where the SPU community gathers to covenant together before God to a year of learning.  This year the address will be given by Dr. Sharleen Kato, Professor and Director of Family and Consumer Sciences.


SPU Offices will be closed

Tue, 10/04

Vincent Bacote

Associate Professor of Theology & Director of Center for Applied Ethics, Wheaton College

Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Center for Applied Ethics at Wheaton College, will speak on the theme of Civic Engagement.  Dr. Bacote writes and teaches on the topics of creation, race, culture, politics, and is a leading expert on Abraham Kuyper.  He is the author of numerous publication including The Political Disciple:  A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan, 2015).

Tue, 10/11

Kenneth Bae

Missionary with Youth With a Mission

Kenneth Bae is a missionary with Youth With a Mission who created a tourism company in China that led tours into North Korea.  In the fall of 2012 he was detained, accused of attempting to overthrow the North Korean government, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.  He would go on to be longest held American captive in North Korea.  Bae recalls his experience in Not Forgotten:  The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea.

Tue, 10/18

Russell Jeung

Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University

Russell Jeung is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.  His research interests include the Sociology of Race, the Sociology of Religion, and Social Movements.  Dr. Jeung is engaged with his students in conducting community-based, participatory research with Asian American communities.  He has co-produced the documentary, The Oak Park Story (2010), about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latino tenants.  Dr. Jeung is the author of Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion Among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (New York University Press, 2012) and a spiritual memoir, At Home in Exile:  Finding Jesus among my Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016).

Tue, 10/25


Lisa Sharon Harper 

Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners

Lisa Sharon Harper is the Chief Church Engagement Officer for Sojourners and in this role she leads trainings and mobilizes clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Ms. Harper was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice, an ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City.  Harper’s faith-rooted approach to advocacy and organizing has activated people across the U.S. and around the world to address structural and political injustice as an outward demonstration of their personal faith.  She earned her master’s in human rights from Columbia University, is currently in the process of ordination in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and has written The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right (Waterbrook, 2016).

Wed, 10/26

Miroslav Volf

Founder & Director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Divinity School

Miroslav Volf is the Founder and Director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT.  He will address the questions:  What is forgiveness and how does it and reconciliation inform the world we share with 7 billion others, many of whom do not share our culture or religion? How do we learn to embrace rather than reject difference? What roles do religion play in how we negotiate life together?  Dr. Volf has written 15 books on the nature of God, interfaith understanding, religion and violence, identity, forgiveness, and religion in the public commons. Among his many books are Exclusion and Embrace:  A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon, 1996) which received the Grawemeyer Award and most recently Public Faith in Action:  How to think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity (Brazos, 2016).  This event will take place Wednesday Oct 26, 7:00pm in Royal Brougham Pavilion.  Current SPU students, faculty, and staff with SPU ID can attend for free.  All others will need to purchase tickets through or at the door for $15.  This event is co-sponsored by The Well/Queen Anne United Methodist Church.

Tue, 11/01


Faculty Panel on Politics & Faith

SPU Faculty

At this chapel service University Chaplain Bo Lim will host a conversation with several SPU faculty on the topic of Politics and Faith. This dialogue will allow our community to hear a variety of viewpoints on how Christians can engage in politics. A conversation allows for dialogical learning such that our community will be wiser and more mature through the richness created when multiple perspectives interact with each other. Given that topics such as politics can be polarizing and divisive, a conversation allows for our community to learn not only about important issues, but how to relate to people with different opinions.

Tue, 11/08

Sandra Van Opstal

Executive Pastor at Grace & Peace Community Church, Chicago

Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community on the west side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and an activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes the church for reconciliation and justice. Sandra leads and preaches on the topics of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation, and global mission. She has served as the Director for Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference and the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. She has published numerous articles and books including The Next Worship:  Glorifying God in a Diverse World (InterVarsity, 2016).

Tue, 11/15

Jeff Van Duzer

Provost, SPU

Chapel provides an opportunity for our community to hear from its leaders.  President Dan Martin will speak in Chapel in Winter quarter, and this fall SPU’s Provost, Jeff Van Duzer, will address our community. Dr. Van Duzer is serving in his fourth year as the Provost, prior to that he served as the dean of the School of Business.

Tue, 11/22

Thanksgiving Chapel & Communion


Our tradition each year is to have a Thanksgiving chapel devoted to hearing testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the lives of students, staff, and faculty.  Communion will also be served at this service. 

SPU Offices will be closed

Tue, 11/29

Festival of Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols is an annual tradition at SPU. This service, hosted by the Department of Music, is an Advent celebration that tells the story of creation to the coming of Christ through Scripture and song.  The service is modeled after Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge.  It provides an opportunity for those unable to attend the Sacred Sounds concert to hear some of its musical performances. 

SPU Offices will be closed

* The Gather ministry team is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Christian Community and Ministry (OCCM) and the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific.