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 13: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

* September 20: Dean Jane Shaw

September 27: The Rev. Dereca Blackmon, Multifaith Welcome Service

October 4: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

October 11: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

*October 18: Dean Jane Shaw

* October 25: Anna Deavere Smith, Visiting Artist, Alumni Weekend

* November 1: Dean Jane Shaw

November 8: Gil Fronsdal, Contemplation Meditation and Spiritual Freedom. A special sermon is offered as part of the Contemplation By Design series.

*November 15: Dean Jane Shaw

November 22: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

* November 29: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

* December 6: Dean Jane Shaw

December 13: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

* December 20: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

January 3: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*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.