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 Very Rev. Dr. 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

January 25: Elizabeth Woodson

February 1*: The Rev. Brian Konkol

February 8: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

February 15* : Dean Jane Shaw

February 22: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

March 1 : Dean Jane Shaw

March 8*:  The Rev. Joanne Sanders

March 15*:  The Rev. Dr. Maurice Charles

March 22:  Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

March 29*: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

April 5*: Dean Jane Shaw

April 12*: The Rev. Keith Riglin

April 19: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

April 26: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

May 3*: Dean Jane Shaw

May 10: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

May 17*: The Rev. Becca Stevens

May 24: Dean Jane Shaw

May 31*: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

June 7: Guest Preacher to be announced

June 14: Baccalaureate/Commencement

*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.