Chapel Electives

Throughout the year there are different special events and groups that are available for Chapel Elective Credit. The credit-eligible events are still being determined and will be updated on this page when available. 

Below is a list of events we have approved to count toward chapel elective credit. In order to recieve credit for attending a chapel elective event a student must fill out a form on their MyGFU chapel portal answering a few questions about an event they attended. Watch The Daily Bruin announcements to read about upcoming events that count toward elective credit.  All chapel credits including Chapel Elective credits are due the last Friday of classes (the Friday before finals). 

Have an idea for a chapel elective?

List of Chapel Elective Events:


Myth of the Model Minority

Facilitator: Fusion & 5 Faculty & Staff Panalists at Fox
Dates: Thursdays, April 7 at 9:00p
Location: Lemmons 8

The goal of this panal is to increase awareness of the Asian American expereince as well as further open up the conversation of diversity, racial reconciliation, and integration of faith. 

Movine Showing - "Of God's and Men" 

Facilitator: Paul Anderson
Date: Sunday, April 10 at 7:00p
Location: Hoover 105

Following the film there will be a discussion of the spiriutal themes involved. The discussion will be lead by Paul and three strudents from his "Biblical Basis from Peacemaking Class." 

Spring Colloquium Series: Women In Ministry

Facilitator: Trisha Welstad, M.Div, Director - The Leadership Center
Dates: Thursdays from 10:50-11:40a, January 14 - February 4 (4 Weeks)
Location: Hoover 208

God has called you to minister. What does this mean if you are a woman? What theological traditions are a fit for you? Will you be able to find a job? How do you lead with confidence in a field where you are a minority? What about being single versus being married? We will explore these questions and others together and listen to the Spirit as we lean into our God given call to minister. Perhaps you are called to be an advocate for a woman/women called to ministry. You are invited to join the dialogue and learn how to partner with women ministers in living your call as well.

*Receive 5 Chapel Elective Credits for attending all 4 Colloquium sessions*

Sign up here!

Spring Colloquium Series: Journey Inward, Journey Outward

Speaker: Kathy Noling, Former Associate Campus Pastor, Westmont College 
Dates: Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00a, February 17 - March 9 (4 Weeks)
Location: Stevens 109

The Christian faith is meant to be passionate, hopeful and creative, but sometimes we get stuck in tedious patterns when approaching God that keep us from experiencing the rich and fulfilling relationship that He intends. Such patterns ultimately can lead us away from God. In this colloquium we will introduce some spiritual practices that will help you be quiet, expectant and receptive to the Holy Spirit’s voice.

*Receive 5 Chapel Elective Credits for attending all 4 Colloquium sessions*

Sign up here!


Shalom is a weekly worship event focused on bringing a piece of God's peace into our lives. Shalom is all about life as it should be, like in the Garden of Eden, like the year of Jubilee in ancient Israel, like it will be in the heavenly city, and like those little tastes of heaven we have here on earth. It looks like reconciliation, peace, community, and selfless love all focused on Jesus' sacrifice and the loving God we serve. This is a small low key space where students have the freedom to do more creative and communal forms of worship. It's late night, low lights, and lots of handmade bread. We gather together in community, worship with a small group of acoustic musicians, have someone share with us, and do an interactive or experiential piece, integrating prayer and creative worship.

When: Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Where: Cap & Gown
Contact: Amanda Kitz,
Other Information: Facebook

Interfaith Dialogue Seminar

This interfaith seminar will include a panel of three speakers (Muslim, Christian, Jewish) from faith-based relief & development agencies that are actively providing care to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race.  Our speakers will speak about what their organization does and how their particular faith/religious tradition inspires their humanitarian efforts.  We'll then have a question and answer time for the audience with our panel. 

Seminar Title: "Building Bridges of Peace: Bringing Compassionate Solutions to Global Challenges"
Date: Monday, Febuary 29th at 7:00pm
Location: Cap & Gown Room, Newberg campus
Co-host: Circle of Peace (An interfaith group that GFU has partnered with for the past few years)

Dalton Lectures Series

The university’s Department of Biology and Chemistry invites you to join us for the sixth annual Dalton Lecture featurinh James M. Tour, PhD, the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University’s Smalley Institue of Nanoscience and Technology. He wil bel presenting “Jesus Christ and Nanotechnology: The Impact of Faith Upon the Life of a Scientist.”

A dessert reception and Student Research Poster session follows the lecture.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Where: Bauman Auditorium
Contact: Vetta Berokoff

William Penn Honors Program Lectures

The following lectures are available for all students to receive Chapel Elective Credit.

More information on visiting speakers

Speaker: Lauren F. Winner
When: Monday, March 7 at 7:30p
Where: Bauman 
More Information? Contact Jane Sweet at

Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her recent memoir, Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis, was named a “Best Book of 2012” in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and was a Christianity Today 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category. Her book on overlooked biblical images of God, Wearing God, was published by HarperOne in the spring of 2015.

Speaker: William Schniedewind | A Short History of the Word of God: Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, Early and Modern Church
When: Thursday, April 7 at 7:30p
Where: Hoover 105 
More Information? Contact Jane Sweet at

William Schniedewind is a professor of biblical studies at UCLA, serves as the chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and holds the Kershaw Endowed Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies. He received a BA in religion from George Fox University (1984), an MA in historical geography from Jerusalem University College, and a PhD in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University (1992). He is the author of five books, including How the Bible Became a Book (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which has been translated into seven languages.


Black Student Union & Alliance Club

African American Men in Society Discussion 

Date: Thursday, February 25, 
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Cap and Gown Room
Description: Professor Keith Dempsey will be facilitating a discussion that addresses some of the erroneous stereotypes about African American men in the U.S.
More information? Markayla Shattuck- or Danielle Thomas-

George Fox Alumni Panel 
Date: Thursday February 11th, 2016
Time11:00am- 12:00pm
Location: Cap and Gown Room
Description: Bill Jackson and a few other Fox alumni will discuss what it was like on campus in the 1960's and they're going to discuss life post graduation. They are also going to highlight how it changed their lives.
More information? Markayla Shattuck- or Danielle Thomas-


The Gospel. Worship. Fun. Square1 is a completely student-led chapel elective (meaning you get credit) intending to get back to the simple, core elements of faith in Jesus -to start "back at square one”. What should you expect on a given Friday? We'll sing worship songs and pray with peers, have a time in Bible study led by Square 1 leaders (or pastors that we invite), and have plenty of time to play games/ping pong/eat snacks. It’s a great way to meet new people and refresh in the Lord -it’s also very easy to become involved with worship or to coordinate a speaker you’d like to have on campus, so make sure you speak up if you’re interested. Hope to see you there!

When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Where: The FoxHole (stay posted on Facebook for changes)
Contact: Daniel McCleskey,
Facebook Link:

GFU Catholic Campus Fellowship

Catholic Lenten Gatherings
Where: Stevens 101
When:2:00p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent (Feburary, 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9, 16)
Contact: Rob Bohall -

Monthly Mass on campus (open to public)

Where & When: Find details on Facebook page
Contact: Rob Bohall -, Abby Favale - (503) 560-3967, Kelsey Vaughn -

Spanish Chapel

Worship & teaching in Spanish

When: TBA
Where: Foxhole
Contact: Jorge Arciga Olvera,

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

FCA is a ministry here that combines the two passions of faith and athletics to build community within the sports teams.

When: Every other Monday beginning January 25, 8:00 p.m. (Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 7, April 4, April 18)
Where: Wheeler Lobby or the Wheeler Classroom
Contact: Michelle Young,, (541) 410-7947
Note: This chapel elective is specific to George Fox athletes

International Chapel

When: Thursday, 10:50 a.m.
Where: International Center
Contact: Alex Pia,
Note: This is available for all students to attend.

Engineering Your Soul (EYS)

Dallas Willard states that the aim of Christian Education is “to bring students to the place at which they walk routinely and easily in the character and power of Jesus Christ.” Engineering Your Soul is an effort of the George Fox University Engineering program designed to help ourselves and our students to this end - that we all might understand how necessary it is that we are intentional in putting off the old self and putting on the new self - Eph. 4:22–24.  This semester, discussions will be centered around readings of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters

When: One Monday a Month - January 25, February 15, March 14, April 11 - 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Lemmons 8
Contact: Neal Ninteman,
Other Information: About EYS,  Reading Schedule

Fireside Author Chat

MaryKate Morse will be sharing part of her life story and personal journey in her areas of spiritual formation, spiritual direction and leadership. Check out a few of her books! Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence  

Date: Tuesday, March 29 at 8pm
Location: Le Shana Residence Hall
Contact: Michael Simmons;

Hole in Our Gospel Book Study

Dates: Fridays, February 5 through April  1-2:30
Location: Meridian House (Social Work)
Description of event: A book study for social work majors over the book The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Sterns. 
Contact information: Christine Saladino,
Note: This event is specific for George Fox Social Majors


Tefillah is the umbrella that all the prayer ministries at Fox operate under, with the goal of cultivating a culture of prayer on campus as they provide space for students to meet with God in prayer. One opportunity that includes chapel elective credits is:
Contemplative Worship
This opportunity focuses on how our forbearers have met with God in the quiet while providing a space for them to do exactly that.
When: 10:50am - 11:40pm on Thursdays
Where: Prayer Chapel
Contact: Amanda Kitz,
Other Information: Facebook