Services and Activities

Ash Wednesday Services

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
February 12th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

Ash Wednesday is February 13, 2013.  Here is a complete list of all services including the imposition of ashes taking place at Marsh Chapel on Wednesday.

8:30am  Ecumenical Morning Prayer

11:15am School of Theology Worship

5:00pm Ecumenical Evening Prayer with Communion (in Robinson Chapel)

6:00pm Interdenominational Ash Wednesday Service

Catholic Mass at Marsh Chapel for Ash Wednesday will take place at 12:30 pm, 4pm, 8pm and 10pm

Benjamin Britten 100th Anniversary Festival

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
January 28th, 2013 in Uncategorized.

Performances of Benjamin Britten’s music are going on around the world as part of the centennial festival.

For more information on Benjamin Britten, his music, and upcoming performances in Boston or other areas, visit the 100th Anniversary website.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) indicate worship services, and the works corresponding to those dates are performed in a religious setting. There is no admission charge for worship services at Marsh Chapel.

Scott Allen Jarrett, Conductor and Director of Music

*Sunday, January 27, 2013; 11:00 a.m.

BRITTEN Te Deum in C major
Sarah Moyer, soprano
Justin Thomas Blackwell, organ
Marsh Chapel Choir

Saturday, February 2, 2013; 8:00 p.m.

BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31
BRITTEN Simple Symphony, Op. 4
BRITTEN Nocturne, Op. 60
BRITTEN Now sleeps the crimson petal

Nicholas Phan, tenor
Clark Matthews, horn
Marsh Chapel Collegium

Admission: $10; no charge with any valid student ID

*Sunday, February 3, 2013; 11:00 a.m.

BRITTEN Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria
Justin Thomas Blackwell, organ

BRITTEN Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32
Carey Shunskis, soprano
Justin Thomas Blackwell, organ
Marsh Chapel Choir

*Sunday, February 17, 2013: 11:00 a.m.

BRITTEN Three Organ Works
Voluntary on “Tallis’ Lamentation”
Prelude to “They walk alone”
Village organist’s piece
Justin Thomas Blackwell, organ

BRITTEN Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op. 51
Douglas Dodson, countertenor
Patrick T. Waters, tenor
Justin Thomas Blackwell, piano

Friday, March 1, 2013; 8:00 p.m.

BRITTEN Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10
Marsh Chapel Collegium

JS BACH Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben, BWV 77
Margot Rood, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Patrick T. Waters, tenor
Graham T. Wright, bass

BRITTEN Cantata misericordium, Op. 69
Andrew Shryock, tenor
Baritone soloist TBA
Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium

Admission: $10; no charge with any valid student ID

*Sunday, March 3, 2013: 11:00 a.m.

BRITTEN Jubilate Deo in C
Justin Thomas Blackwell, organ
Marsh Chapel Choir
Thurman Choir

Advent at Marsh Chapel

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
December 5th, 2012 in Uncategorized.

Sunday, December 4


11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service with Communion, potluck and Children’s Holiday Gathering to follow.
3pm Blue Christmas Service

Friday, December 9

6pm University Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 11

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service, repeat of Lessons and Carols.
12pm Open House at the BU Castle

Sunday, December 18

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service

Saturday, December 24

1pm Christmas Eve Service
7:30pm Candlelit Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 25

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service

Parent’s Weekend: October 19-21, 2012

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
October 1st, 2012 in Uncategorized.

Parents Weekend is an opportunity for students to showcase to their families the host of events, programs, and experiences available in the Boston University community. This year, Marsh Chapel will once again offer a variety of events aimed at introducing parents to the life and ministry of the Chapel. The University’s complete list of Parents’ Weekend events and services is found online at




8:00 p.m. – Marsh Chapel Nave
The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium presents three masterpieces of the choral and orchestral repertoire. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
HAYDN Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIIIc:2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Walpurgis Night), Op. 60



10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ BU Beach
Join Dean Robert Allan Hill and Marsh Chapel student leaders for coffee and donuts on the BU Beach while we watch the Head of the Charles Regatta.


11:00 a.m. ~ Marsh Chapel Nave
Join Br. Larry Whitney, University Chaplain for Community Life, and Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean of Marsh Chapel, for a guided tour of the art and architecture of Marsh Chapel and its significance in the overall conceptualization of Boston University during the early years of the Charles River Campus.


12:30 p.m. ~ Steps of Marsh Chapel
Rain Location: Marsh Chapel Nave


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ~ Marsh Chapel Nave
Join Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Music, and Justin Thomas Blackwell, Associate Director of Music, for a series of informal organ recitals during the day.



11:00 a.m. ~ Marsh Chapel Nave


12:00 noon ~ Barrister’s Hall, Boston University School of Law
All parents and students are welcome at this luncheon. Reservations are not required.

Signs of Hope in United Methodism

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
May 15th, 2012 in Uncategorized.

For those interested, this is a preview of Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill’s upcoming book, soon to be published as an e-book by Mellen Press:

Signs of Hope in United Methodism

Marsh Chapel Summer National Preacher Series 2012

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
May 8th, 2012 in News.

Apocalypse Then: Historical and Theological Reflections on New Testament Apocalyptic Texts

This summer we are excited to present eight sermons, in June, July and August, which intend to provide reasoned, historical and theological reflection on some of the apocalyptic passages and themes in the New Testament. Our hope is to provide  publicly accessible yet theologically responsible perspectives on these texts, in contrast to some other current and popular forms of interpretation. We are privileged to present preachers from the Boston University School of Theology, each of whom brings particular interest and expertise in this area.  The preachers and dates for our series are as follows. More information about each guest can be found on the Boston University website.

June 17 and 24: Dr. Robert Allan Hill

July 8 and 15: Dr. Jennifer Knust

July 22 and 29: Dr. James Walters

August 5: Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, LC+

August 12 and 19: Dr. David Schnasa Jacobsen

August 26: Dr. Robert Allan Hill

Saint John Passion

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
March 21st, 2012 in News.

SJP_Postcard_2012The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium present:

Johann Sebastian Bach

Conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Music

March 24. 2012
8pm in the Nave of Marsh Chapel

$10 General Admission
Free with student ID

Matthew Anderson, Evangelist
James Bass, Jesus
Graham T. Wright, Pilate

Margot Rood, soprano
Kira Winter, soprano
Emily Marvosh, alto
Patrick Waters, tenor
Andrew Shryock, tenor
Michael Dauterman, baritone

Finish the Dissertation!

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
January 30th, 2012 in News.

A weekly gathering of doctoral students and advisors who are committed to helping doctoral students making clear and specific progress on finishing dissertation research and writing.  Hosted by Douglas Reeves live in the basement of Marsh Chapel, Boston University.  Open to all students from all universities.

This Webinar is held every week on Friday, from:

Feb 3, 2012 to Jun 1, 2012 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT

Register Now at:

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.


System Requirements

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Groundhod Day Ice Skating

By Rachel Elizabeth Cape
January 30th, 2012 in News.

You are invited to join Dean Hill and members of the Marsh Chapel community for an afternoon of ice skating on the Frog Pond to celebrate Groundhog Day, February 2.  We will meet at 1 p.m. at the entrance to the skating rink, located in the Boston Common.  All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, so bundle up, bring a friend, and join us for some winter fun!

We hope to see you there!

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Opening Ecumenical Worship Service

By Lawrence A Whitney
January 17th, 2012 in News.

We hope you can join us for the third annual Ecumenical Event at Boston University, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Opening Ecumenical Worship Service, at 6PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in the Nave of Marsh Chapel. More information is available in the flyer.