Interfaith Chapel Unveiled

October 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that, "an architect's vision for a long-anticipated, $4.5-million interfaith chapel--designed to be home to Catholics and Protestants, Jews and Muslims, Mormons and Wiccans--will be unveiled today at Chapman University. The 250-seat Wallace All Faiths Chapel on the Orange campus will be absent any permanent religious symbols. Even the center altar, on a hydraulic lift, will disappear into the floor at the flick of a switch. Religious objects such as crosses, arks and sacred writings will be in individual storage closets at the chapel, allowing various faiths to quickly make over the worship space according to their traditions. 'It's about time,' said longtime trustee Harmon Wilkinson, whose family has pushed for a campus chapel for more than 40 years. 'It's long overdue that the campus pay attention to this aspect of life.'"