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 within 48 hours of the event

Interested in having your event approved as a Chapel Elective? Please note that that all Chapel Electives must fulfill the following requirements:

1. A faculty member or GFU staff advisor is present at the Chapel Elective Event
2. The event/gathering takes place on the campus of George Fox University
3. The event/gathering explores a dimension of Christian spirituality 
4. The event/gathering coordinator has applied and received written approval from the Office for  Spiritual and Intercultural Life 

Have an idea for a chapel elective?

List of Chapel Elective Events:



Fall Colloquium Series:

Colloquium Session 1: Sexuality - Authentic Discussions
Facilitator: Kris Kays, Faculty, PsyD 
Dates: Mondays at 12 p.m., October 2, 10, 17 & 24
Notes: Closed

This colloquium, led by Professor Kris Kays, will discuss the following questions: What is sex for? How does sex inform my identity? How do I navigate sexuality and Christianity in the day to day? Students may receive 5 Chapel Elective Credits for attending all 4 Colloquium sessions*

Please note, we anticipate this Colloquium to be of high interest but due to the nature of the topic, participation will be capped to provide adequate space for authentic dialogue. To aid this process, interested students may apply to be a participant in the dialogue using the link posted below. Students will be notified on Friday, September 30 about space capcity and if they will be able to participate or will be added to a wait list.  

Colloquium Session 2: Playing with Fire - Spiritual Formation from the Inside Out
Facilitator: Doreen Dodgen-Magee
Dates: Tuesdays at 4 p.m., November 8, 15, 22 & 29
Location: Hoover 102

This Colloquium will be focused on cultivating spiritual disciplines and will be facilitated by Doreen Dodgen-Magee. Doreen has 23 years of experience working in private counseling practice with individuals and groups. She describes herself as a reluctant “geek,” spending inordinate amounts of time interacting with scholarly research, tech trends, and pop culture around the topic of technology and how the digital domain is shaping us. She is passionate about engaging people around this topic and that passionate energy pours forth regardless of who she is with!

Sign up for Colloquium Session 2 here!

Matheteis Forum: Faith, Race & Politics

Speaker: Faculty & Student Panel 
Dates: Thursday, September 29 from 6:00p-8:30p
Location: Canyon Commons Private Dining Room 101

Matheteis is an event where we create space for civil discourse around good food in order to dialogue about current issues in society as they relate to biblical perspectives. Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice and the Intercultural Life Office. Selected Topic: Faith, Race, and Politics.

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, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Canyon Commons Private Banquet Rooms
Other Information: Facebook

Quaker Emphasis Week | Quaker Church Visit

The culminating event to Quaker Emphasis week, students can join in Quaker worship at one of 4 Quaker churches in Newberg on Sunday, October 30th. Directions for how to recieve the chapel credit will be given at each of the Quaker churches. (*Please note - this event is tied to Quaker Emphasis week. For this reason, only the following Quaker Churches are eligilbe for chapel credit.) Descriptions of the participating churches can be found below:

North Valley Friends Church | 420 N. College 
When: Sunday, October 30 | 9:30a Unprogrammed Worship & 10:45a Programmed Worship.
Description: "A Quaker community of ministers who seek to follow Jesus Christ faithfull, love each other deeply and continue His ministry in the world." 

West Chehalem Friends Church | 16700 NE North Valley Road 
When: Sunday, October 30 | 10:45a Programmed Worship.
Description: "Located 5 miles outside Newberg, we are known as a friendly church and we have a wide range of ages. We love to meet visitors as they come to worship with us." 

Newberg Friends Church | Corner of 4th and College Street
When: Sunday, October 30 | 9:00a & 10:45a Programmed Worship Gatherings
Description: "A growing community, listening to Christ, changing in the Spirit, living out love." 

2nd Street Community Church | Chehalem Cultural Center 
When: Sunday, October 30 | 10:00a Gathering
Description: "We are a community that is practicing the art of togetherness. Followers of Jesus who are practicing the art of rootedness." 

William Penn Honors Program Lectures

Lecture: James K.A. Smith
 November 3 - 7:30p
Where: Hoover 105 
What:  James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society and the church.

St. John's Bible Events  

Seeing the Word of God - The Illuminative Impact of The Saint John's Bible - Howard R. Macy & Paul N. Anderson
When: December 1, 2016 - 7:30p-9:00p
Where: Hoover 105 
Questions: Paul Anderson 

The masterful artwork in the Old and New Testament seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible pique the imaginations and provoke the consciences of viewers in the 21st century. Exploring the illuminative impact of the most compelling of 160 new artistic masterpieces in the first illuminated Bible produced by the Benedictine Order in 500 years, Professors Howard Macy and Paul Anderson will expand on “seeing the Word of God” followed by a first-hand viewing of Volume 1, Pentateuch.

The Theology, Art and Imagination of The Saint John's Bible 
When: January 19, 2017
Where: Hoover 105 
Questions: Paul Anderson 

Bill J. Cahoy, Director of the St. John's Lily Community Fellowship Program discusses how th role of imagination in theology and the life of discipleship is often underappreciated. We will explore the role of imagination in the call to conversion and the promise of the kingdom. The illuminated Saint John’s Bible will be used as a case study in the role of art to stimulate our imagination and help us learn to see how God is at work in the world and our lives.

Book of Common Prayer - Evening Prayer 

When: Monday -Thursdays, 5:00p-5:30p
Where: Stevens 101 
What:  We follow the daily office of Evening Prayer from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer -- including Psalms and Scriptures.
Questions: Joseph Clair

William Penn Forum Itineraries 

When: Once a month on Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Where: Hoover 105
What: WPHP Professors reflect on their Intellectual & Spiritual Journeys. Oct. 11: Abigail Favale, PhD. Nov. 8: Javier Garcia, PhD. Jan. 10: Brian Doak, PhD. Feb. 21: Corwynn Beals, PhD. March, 14: Mark Hall, PhD. April, 11: The Year in Review. 

GFU Catholic Campus Fellowship 

When: November 10 at 11:30a
Where: Canyon Commons 101
What: The George Fox Catholic Campus Fellowship will hold a Mass in Canyon Commons 101 at 11:30am, with lunch to follow. Fr. Pertine, a native of Argentina, will be the celebrant.  He directs the Newman Center (Catholic student ministry) at Portland State and Oregon State Universities. All are welcome.

International Chapel 

When:Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: International Center/Cultural House
What: The International Chapel has an international multi-ethnic flavor to it, and all GFU students are welcome to join us. Our focus this year is knowing God in a personal way. The chapel begins with a small meal (usually something like chicken teriyaki and rice) and then we have a speaker, followed by a Q & A.  Then we break into small groups and discuss the message, and finally we end with a time of prayer.

Engineering Your Soul

When: Monday Oct. 3rd, Oct. 24th, Nov.24th @ 6:30pm
Where: Hoover 105/Lemmons 8. 
What: Working through the book The Cross and The Prodigal by Kenneth Bailey.

Contemplative Worship/Tefillah

When: 10:50-11:40, Thursday mornings
Where: Prayer Chapel
What: Contemplative Worship is a weekly prayer event in which students come together in community to seek God in the quiet. We will explore various contemplative traditions of the church, including Quaker Open Worship, Lectio Divina, and Examine, all of which are focused on creating space to hear what God might have to say to us.


When: Monday nights @ 9pm
Where: Foxhole
What: The FCA Vision: To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. The FCA Mission: To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.