Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel
Chapel Philosophy, Purpose and Description
The seal of Furman University proclaims an institutional commitment "For Christ and Learning." Academic knowledge and spiritual exploration are vitally linked in Furman's tradition. The motto "For Christ and Learning" is visibly present in the life and ministry of the Chapel. It expresses in a symbolic and concrete manner its heritage and hope, moral character and spiritual values. As an academic community, the school gathers in this sacred space for worship, Religion-in-Life lectures, celebrations such as weddings, recognition and commitments, and times of remembrances such as funerals and memorial services. The Chapel provides a place of meeting, a place of quiet, a visible reminder of the relationship between the religious life and the academic search for truth.
The primary purpose of the chapel is to serve the religious needs of the Furman community. The Furman University community consists of students, graduates, faculty, staff and their parents or children.
The Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel has both a sanctuary and a campus ministry level. The sanctuary level is sacred space. Programming in this area is primarily university worship services led by the chaplains and campus ministers, Religion-in-Life lectures, weddings, funerals, meetings of religious organizations, sacred concerts, and the Pastors' School.
Meeting rooms on the campus ministry level are primarily for religious organizations, faculty or departmental meetings, seminars, ministers' workshops, continuing education classes, and receptions. The offices for the university chaplains, campus ministers and Religious Council are also located on this level.