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Vision Statement Fora
An invitation from the director to share your thoughts and insights about the Chapel House vision statement at upcoming campus fora. READ MORE
Study and Reflect
At Chapel House, you may study and reflect in an environment conducive to the meditative and devotional disciplines. READ MORE
Our History
Chapel House, created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, opened its doors in 1959. READ MORE
Artwork Through Time
At Chapel House you will be immersed in a collection of artwork from the great religions. READ MORE
Spiritual Retreats
Overnight guests may take advantage of the natural beauty for reflective moments. READ MORE
Chapel House is a sanctuary and spiritual retreat center open to all for study and contemplation. We welcome guests of any religious affiliation or none, visitors who travel from down the street or across the globe.

Events at Chapel House

Mondays: Quiet Time with Cookies
8:00–10:00 p.m.

Mondays: Yoga
7:15-8:00 p.m.
Yoga for all levels. Beginners welcome.

Mondays: Meditation
8:30–9:00 p.m.
A brief meditation session led by a member of the Chapel House community. Beginners are welcome.

Tuesdays: Meditation
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Chapel House, in collaboration with the Shaw Wellness Institute, is offering a weekly Zen meditation for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Where: The Chapel of Chapel House (to the left as you enter)
  • Cost: Free.
  • No experience necessary: Beginners welcome!
Sessions will be led by Richard Braaten, Professor of Psychology, Colgate University, and a member of the Zen Center of Syracuse; and Catherine Landis, M.S., also a member of the Zen Center of Syracuse who leads meditation sessions at Syracuse University while she works on her PhD in Ecology at SUNY-ESF.

Thursdays: Classical Indian Dance at Judd Chapel (Memorial Chapel)
Location: Judd Chapel 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Classes in Kathak led by Shambhavi Sawhney '17.  Men and women, beginners and experienced dancers, are welcome.  This event is sponsored by Chapel House but will take place at a different location:  Judd Chapel on the Garden Level of the Memorial Chapel.

Bhagavad Gita Colloquium
Wednesdays, February 4, February 25, March 11, and April 8
7:30 p.m.
Poster - BGita Colloquium - Chapel House - S15
Led by Joel Bordeaux, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Colgate University.  Professor Bordeaux received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Georgia State University in 2003 and defended his dissertation The Mythic King: Raja Krishnacandra and Early Modern Bengal at Columbia University in 2014.  He is a specialist in the religions of South Asia with a focus on Hindu goddesses.  His research interests revolve around how political authorities, canonical works of literature, and esotericism mediate differences between or within religious traditions.

Join us to read and discuss a classic of Hindu theology, the Bhagavad Gita.  This short Sanskrit poem in which God addresses a warrior paralyzed by doubt in the face of a cataclysmic and fratricidal battle is justifiably regarded as a classic of world literature.  An elegant work of philosophy systematizing diverse schools of thought in ancient India, the Gita is also renowned for its awe-inspiring imagery and unflinching advocacy of social engagement in a world of conflicting ethical obligations.  Come explore the continued relevance of a 2000-year-old scripture beloved by both contemporary Hindus and such makers of the modern West as Thoreau and Oppenheimer.

It is not necessary to attend all four sessions.  Feel free to come to one or all.

Buddhist Chanting:  The Dhammapada
Fridays, February 27, March 27, April 3, April 17, April 24
7:30 p.m.

Led by Mahinda Deegalle, Colgate NEH Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Religion.  All are welcome.  No previous experience in chanting is required.

Mission and Vision

We are seeking input on a new vision statement for Chapel House. READ MORE

Our director, Steven Kepnes, offers a reflection on upcoming building maintenance needs and Chapel House's reaffirmed mission of serving as a space for quiet reflection.

Our Offerings

Chapel House provides a serene setting for study, worship, and meditation. Its resources include the following:
  • Chapel: Available to guests in residence, casual visitors, and groups, the chapel is open 24 hours a day.
  • Overnight accommodations: Any of six private, airy rooms may be reserved by individuals planning a stay of two nights or more.
  • Library: Over 5,000 volumes represent the wisdom of the great religions of the world.
  • Religious art: In every public space, visitors will find original works of art from a number of traditions.
  • Music room: Listeners have access to thousands of recordings, from Gregorian chant to gospel, Sufi and Sabbath prayers, Buddhist sutras and Hindu ragas.

Overnight Accommodations

Chapel House offers rooms and meals, for a modest fee, to anyone wishing to take advantage of its unique resources.

Find Chapel House

Chapel House is located on the hill at the top of Colgate University's campus in Hamilton, N.Y. DIRECTIONS

Whom We Serve

Chapel House is open to everyone. Our visitors may subscribe to any religious tradition — or none.

Walk-in visitors and resident guests may be students, members of the Colgate community, or may have no affiliation with the university. Chapel House is available as a space for introspection and study to all who wish to take advantage of its resources.

Contact Information

Chapel House
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398

Clara Lantz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 315-228-7675
Fax: 315-228-7914

Susan Weitz
Resident Supervisor
Phone: 315-228-6087