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

June 5: Dean Jane Shaw

June 12: NO UPW – Commencement

*June 19: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

June 26: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*July 3: Dean Jane Shaw

July 10: Dr. Ron Saunders

July 17: The Rev. Joanne Sanders, Marlene Bjornsrud, and Anne Cribbs

*July 24: The Rev. Joanne Sanders

July 31: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

August 7: The Rev. John Harrison

August 14: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*August 21: Dean Jane Shaw

August 28: Dean Jane Shaw

*September 4: The Rev. Mary Greene

September 11: Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

*September 18: The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth

September 25: TBA




*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.