University Chapel (click for location) is the campus ministry site for the Episcopal and Lutheran Churches in Berkeley — but we’re more than that. We strive to be a home for students and young adults who are looking for a way to connect sacred stories, meaningful rituals and contemporary life. This is why we have created a space which is progressive and thoughtful in which to celebrate “ancient traditions, intellectual curiosity, and hopeful faith.
Throughout the year we also have many other ways to connect you with friends, spiritual growth and meaning in a busy student life. University Chapel openly celebrates and welcomes diversity of all sorts and affirms that queerness and sexual orientations are not a hindrance and can enhance living out the Christian life.
“Christ often emphasized community, and this group does a great job of bonding members together. Campus Ministry does a great job of making sure people feel genuinely, not superficially, included.” – Grady Tarplee
“I felt safe there being my true self.” – Annika McPeek
“I find the traditional church calendar a meaningful way to mark time, and I appreciated being able to celebrate major festivals in a manner which incorporated traditional elements but was also innovative.” – Gillian Chisom
“As we sang together, I felt we bonded in a special way. There is a point that even when you do not know all the words, the power of the group rises above you, and it feels sacred.” – Annika McPeek
“For me personally, Campus Ministry is at its best and most valuable when it offers a place for young people to have deep conversations about faith that are nonexistent outside of a seminary.” – Andrew Stevens
“During discussions about vocation I was given the advice to find where your greatest passion meets the world’s greatest needs. I can’t wait to find out how this applies to my life, as my passion is environmental science.” – Kelsey Lyberger