Chapman University Approves New Interfaith Chapel

March 18, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 18, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "four years ago, a 'ground blessing' celebrated plans to build an interfaith chapel on the campus of Chapman University in Orange [CA]... The 1998 'ground blessing'... included Jews, Muslims, Mormons and Wiccans. The Juaneno Indians provided a tobacco blessing... After a long dispute,... the City Council in January approved another revised plan for the 12,000-square-foot Wallace All Faiths Chapel--the final chapter in a lesson on the difficulties of finding the nexus between faith and architecture... Architect David Martin said a walk through the chapel will resemble a journey: gradually moving from the material world to the spiritual world, using nature, water, air and light to guide worshipers... 'In every religion, water is a symbol for birth or a reawakening,' he said... The university is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, a Protestant group founded in the United States in the 19th century that now claims about 850,000 members worldwide and urges members to base their faith on a personal interpretation of the Bible."