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 2

9:45am The Bach Experience – Dr. Jarrett will give a 30 minute lecture on Cantata 140, with breakfast to follow.
11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service. Potluck and Children’s Holiday Gathering to follow.

Friday, December 7

6pm University Service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 9

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service with Communion
3pm Blue Christmas

Sunday, December 16

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service, repeat of Lessons and Carols.  Reception at the Dean’s House following the service.

Sunday, December 23

11am Interdenominational Sunday Worship Service

Monday, December 24

7:30pm Christmas Eve 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!


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

Dear Dean Hill,

I hope you are doing well.  In November, we spoke in person about my interest in theology and my plans to pursue a Master of Divinity degree.  During our discussion, you asked if I’d be willing to write and share with you a summary of that interest and those plans.  You felt that this information could perhaps be of inspiration to the Marsh Chapel Community.  Now that I’m finished with my applications and have an even clearer sense of my interest and plans, I am glad to share with you the following:

Three experiences significantly influenced my decision to pursue a Master of Divinity degree.  The first experience was being a member of the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.  I joined the choir as a freshman and was a member for all four years of my undergraduate studies.  The choir gave me the wonderful sense that I was wanted and loved by God.  While the choir was undoubtedly Christian, it attracted and fully accepted members of various faiths.  By embodying God’s love for all of humanity, the choir helped me to embrace Christianity more eagerly.  When I served as president of the choir during my senior year, I discovered my passion and aptitude for leadership in gospel ministry.  As president, I found immense fulfillment in helping to promote faith and awareness of God’s love for all people.  I found personal fulfillment as well in creating my vision for the choir, which included ensuring that all choir members felt welcome and could freely share their needs and receive support for their personal struggles.

The second experience that contributed to my decision to pursue a graduate theological education was worshipping at Marsh Chapel, my first real spiritual home.  I regularly attended morning services at Marsh Chapel as a senior and found that, like the gospel choir, the services gave me spiritual sustenance and solid religious guidance.  I often felt God’s presence at Marsh Chapel.  It usually came in the form of a tingling sensation that swept through me, bringing me peace, comfort and strength, and then always passing.  I often felt that form of God’s presence while singing with the gospel choir at rehearsals and concerts; praying or sitting silently in the pews; and listening to sermons preached by Dean Hill and the music led by the Marsh Chapel Choir.  When I moved to Washington, DC two years ago to work for a Congressional advisory agency, it took a while for me to find a new church at which I could feel at home.  During my search, I became even more appreciative of the tremendous spiritual home that Marsh Chapel was for me.

The third experience that encouraged me to pursue a graduate theological education was my exposure to the teachings of Howard Thurman.  I first learned of Thurman through Boston University’s Howard Thurman Center for Race, Culture and Ethnicity.  What I found appealing about Thurman was that, like the gospel choir, he was a Christian and accepting of other faiths.  Because of my experience in the gospel choir, I was intrigued by Thurman’s belief that when a diverse group of people seek God together, and when this seeking is sustained for a sufficient time, then all the barriers that often divide people—such as race, class, and faith—begin to melt away in the radiance of God’s presence.  This and other of Thurman’s ideas made religion come alive for me and, ultimately, encouraged me to pursue a graduate theological education that will help me understand and explain the biblical basis for what I felt as a choir member and as a worshiper at Marsh Chapel: that God’s love can be more compelling than any differences that divide one person from another.

At this point, I am considering a range of vocational directions, including pastoral ministry, academia, and health policy.  I hope that through my graduate theological education I will be able to explore and further develop my career goals.  I plan to use my Master of Divinity degree to become a more effective leader within my future church—whether as a pastor, a layperson, or in some other capacity.  I also plan to use my graduate theological education to compose meditations, similar to the ones Thurman composed, that address all aspects of human experience and that serve to help people of all backgrounds draw closer to God.  I hope that my graduate theological education will help me to grow in my ability to think reflectively on, and to creatively synthesize, various areas of knowledge: faith, public policy, science, and the arts.  I also hope that my graduate theological education will help me to develop a heightened sense of justice and a larger heart for compassion in both my personal and professional life.  Lastly, I hope that my graduate theological education will help me become a finer representation of the loving spirit of Jesus so that others may know him through knowing me.


All my best to you and the Marsh Chapel Community,



Matlin Gilman