Chapel at a Glance | St. Lawrence University Chaplain's Office

Chapel at a Glance


Chaplain's Office   email:
  2020-2021 Academic Year  

In Memoriam ~ The Rev. Kathleen Buckley, St. Lawrence University, University Chaplain, 2001-2020

No matter what world we live in now, we are all people of the earth, connected to one another by our mutual humanity.”  ~Angeles Arrien, The Four-Fold Way~ 

COVID-19 has changed our lives. We have had to accept a different way of journeying together. We have experienced isolation. We have sheltered-in-place. And as a campus community we have employed safety protocols that still require physical distancing. Yet, WE ARE STILL CONNECTED AT THE HEART AND SOUL. The Laurentian mission put in place long ago, still calls to us. Even in these challenging times, we are reminded of and led by our motto that has guided generations of Laurentians. “We have lit a candle in the wilderness, that will never be extinguished.” May the light that is within all of us, be our guide. 

To infuse the task of education with a vision of the world made whole. (from United Ministries, WMU) 

The Chaplain's Office is committed to assist campus community members:

  • in building relationships between their intellectual, moral, emotional/mental, and religious/spiritual lives;
  • with varied faith commitments to live in active partnership with those of different commitments, or of none, ultimately teaching respect for all life;
  • that are unfamiliar with the language and traditions of religious/spiritual life to discern the potentially religious/spiritual dimension of contemporary discussions of the environment, multiculturalism, and social and political activism.

Gunnison Memorial Chapel (open 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. only) 

Due to COVID-19, there will be limited access to Gunnison Memorial Chapel for this academic year. Faculty, staff, and students will have access to the chapel from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., WITH KEY CARD ACCESS. The key card access allows us to keep a log of who’s entering the chapel, especially if tracing/tracking is ever needed. Only two of the five chapel doors will be accessible this year; the ODY/Handicap Access entrance and the Richardson Hall entrance. Upon entering the chapel, persons must wear masks and employ physical and social distancing of at least 6 feet from other persons. As difficult as this will be, persons outside of the campus community will not have access to the chapel, until COVID restrictions are eased.

The Chaplain’s Office is a resource for students exploring spiritual issues. We deal in matters of faith, spirituality, wellness, diversity and social justice. And we pull these themes together under the rubrics of welcome, inclusion and hospitality. Spirituality is central to our lives. At the heart of living well is listening to yourself and others. Listening to your spirit or nurturing your spirit does not necessarily translate to organized religion, though spirituality may overlap with religion or belief in God. Our working definition of spirituality is “that which moves us toward wholeness.”  We invite questions about your faith journey. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a question or want to talk. Because of COVID-19, the Chaplain’s Office recommends that most appointments/one-on-one meetings be done through virtually through teleconferencing (Zoom, FaceTime, telephone). However, if a face-to-face meeting is needed with the University Chaplain or other chapel personnel, please contact us and we will follow the protocols in place to keep us all safe.

Chapel Bells 
The Chapel Bells have been ringing through the decades, calling Laurentians to awareness of many things: a shift in thinking or simply an awareness of presence. Even during these times of COVID-19, the Chapel Bells will continue to ring Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is a list of songs available and you can request the ringers to play a song for special occasions such as the birthday of a friend.


Name/Email Title Location Phone
Rev. Dr. Shaun Whitehead     University Chaplain First Floor 100 (315) 229-5062
Marcia Bradley Senior Secretary Second Floor 200 (315) 229-5630
Sondra Goldsmith Proctor Musician-in-Residence     At the Estey Organ      





Spiritual Advisors

Tradition Advisor/Email Phone
University Chaplain Rev. Shaun Whitehead (315) 229-5062
Atheist Maegan Bos (315) 229-5952
Buddhist Mark MacWilliams (315) 229-5128
Christian Science Barry Torres (315) 229-5171
Earth-Based Jennifer Vincent-Barwood (315) 229-5141
Eastern Orthodox Olga Grant (315) 250-6000
Hindu Chandreyi Basu (315) 229-5181
Jewish Joan Larsen (315) 229-5141
Mormon  Karl McKnight (315) 229-5147
Muslim  Megan Putney (315) 229-5141
Progressive Christian  Rev. Shaun Whitehead (315) 229-5062
Quaker  Laura Rediehs  (315) 229-5457
Roman Catholic  Peter Mueller (315) 386-2543
Roman Catholic Fr. Bryan Stitt  (315) 386-2543
SLU Agape Christian Club Jamie Sinclair (315) 528-1614

If you have any questions about a particular faith tradition, please feel free to contact the advisor.

 Weekly Campus Ceremonies (online)

For local area houses of worship, please click here

Gospel Service 
“Come on in the Room with Rev. Shaun”
Sundays - 4:00 p.m. online/Facebook Live
The Chaplain’s Office offers a modified online format of the Gospel Service throughout the semester until social distancing attendance is allowed in Gunnison Chapel.

Introduction to Zen Meditation (Zoom Meeting)
Fridays - 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Meditation and informal discussion. No experience necessary. Zoom Meeting ID: 330 739 744. Password: 041189

Jewish Services (online)
Congregation Beth El is located at 81 Market Street in Potsdam. However due to COVID-19, Shabbat services are being held on-line every Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. At this time, occasional Shabbat Torah Services will be held on-line on Saturday mornings. High Holy Day Services will also be held on-line. More information and COVID-19 updates can be found on Congregation Beth El’s website, or call (315) 265-7025.

Other Rituals & Celebrations (most rituals/celebrations will be online)

Labyrinth canceled for the academic year    Multifaith
Rosh Hashaana September 18-20 Jewish
Yom Kippur  September 27-28 Jewish
Sukkot October 2-9 Jewish
Blessing of the Animals October 7 Multifaith
Samhain October 31-November 1 Earth-Based
Diwali - Hindu Festival of Lights November 14 Hindu
Candlelight Service December 2 Christian
Hanukkah December 10-17 Jewish
Winter Solstice December 21 Earth-Based
Martin Luther King Celebration January 18 Multifaith
Tu B'Shevat January 28 Jewish
Ash Wednesday Service February 17 Christian
Purim February 26 Jewish
Passover Seder March 27 Jewish
Passover March 28 Jewish
Holi  March 28-29 Hindu
Easter April 4 Christian
Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance    April 7 Jewish
Earth Day April 21 Multifaith
Baccalaureate Service April 25 Multifaith

















Organ Concert Series (online)

All concerts will be recorded in Gunnison Memorial Chapel and broadcast on the Chaplain's Office website and on St. Lawrence University's social media platforms. The dates are as follows:

Music for Meditation & Reflection 9/11 September 11    Multifaith
Music for High Holy Days September 25 Jewish
Family Weekend Concert & Stained Glass Window Tour TBD Multifaith
11th Annual J.S.Bach Marathon October 24 Multifaith
Music for Remembering Veterans Day/COVID-19 Pandemic    November 13 Multifaith
Music for Christmas December 4 Multifaith
Music for Healing January 29 Multifaith
Music for Black History Month February 5 Multifaith
12th Annual J.S. Bach Marathon March 27 Multifaith
Music for Good Friday April 2 Christian

(Due to COVID-19, schedule is subject to change.)