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Chapel House

Our History
Chapel House, created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, opened its doors in 1959. 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
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.
Dhammapada Colloquium at Chapel House

Wednesdays, October 8, October 22, November 5, and December 3
7:30 p.m.
Led by Dr. Mahinda Deegalle, NEH Professor of Humanities in the Department of Religion at Colgate University.  Dr. Deegalle is a Buddhist monk and faculty member of Bath Spa University, UK.
This colloquium is intended for students, faculty, and the community of Colgate University to discuss Buddhist scriptures as religious classics in a user-friendly manner.  The Dhammapada is the frequently cited and used primary scripture of the Theravada Buddhist traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.  As a classic, it is known for containing early portions of the Buddha's words.

Special Events

Thanksgiving Recess:  November 22-30, 2014
Chapel House will be open, but there will be no Cookie Night, nor will Meditation be held on Monday evening or Tuesday afternoon.

Quiet Time with Cookies at Chapel House
Every Monday evening beginning September 1, 2014
8:00-10:00 p.m.

Also on Cookie Nights:  Meditation
Every Monday evening
8:30-9:00 p.m.
A brief meditation session led by a member of the Chapel House community.  Beginners are welcome.

Meditation Sessions: Tuesdays during the fall term, 4:30-5:30 p.m., starting September 9, 2014
Chapel House, together with the Shaw Wellness Institute, is pleased to announce 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.

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.

Steven Kepnes Announced as New Director

Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks named Steven Kepnes the new director of Chapel House and director of the Fund for the Study of the Great Religions. READ MORE

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