University Public Worship

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. 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

Upcoming University Public Worship Services

*September 4: The Rev. Mary Greene

September 11: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*September 18: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

September 25: TBA

October 2: Dean Jane Shaw

October 9: Sylvia Boorstein

*October 16: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

October 23: Dean Jane Shaw

October 30: Professor Tom W. Laqueur

November 6: Rabbi Daniel Silverstein

November 13: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

November 20: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*November 27: Dean Jane Shaw

December 4: Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain

*December 11: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

December 18: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

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

*December 24: Dean Jane Shaw – Christmas Eve Festival Communion

*December 25: Dean Jane Shaw

January 1: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*January 8: The Rev. Joanne Sanders





*denotes Communion service

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 Text and Podcasts:

Archived sermons and link for audio (hosted by iTunesU) can be found in the Media section.