Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel
The Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel represents, in symbolic and concrete fashion, the heritage and hope, moral character and spiritual values of Furman University. The chapel is part of the $24.5 million bequest to Furman by Homozel Mickel Daniel, in memory of her husband.
A Place for Worship and Campus Ministry
Strategically located on the mall directly across from the James B. Duke Library, the chapel contains approximately 27,000 square feet of space. The upper level of the building, the sanctuary, is sacred space. Programming in this area includes university worship services led by the chaplains and the campus ministers, lectures, weddings, funerals, sacred concerts, and the Pastors School. The sanctuary seats 350 persons.
On the campus ministry level are rooms for religious organizations, departmental meetings, seminars, ministers' workshops, continuing education classes and receptions. The offices of the university chaplains, campus ministers and Religious Council also are located in this level.
Commitment to Academic Knowledge and Religious Devotion
Academic knowledge and religious devotion are linked vitally in Furman's tradition of support for the total person. The seal of the university proclaims an institutional commitment "For Christ and Learning." The chapel and its services strengthen this unique dimension of Furman's identity. This facility provides a place of hospitality, a place of quiet, and a reminder of the relationship between the religious life and the academic search for truth.
The chapel is visible and substantial evidence that this institution continues to nourish the Christian principles which have inspired and guided the founders and guardians of Furman University for almost two centuries.