In the News

There has been quite a bit of coverage of Marsh Chapel and its ministries in the news of late! From coverage of the building itself to coverage of our chaplains, members, and Music at Marsh Chapel, there is much to celebrate in the life and work going on at Marsh Chapel. For more news on Religion at Boston University, check out BU Today’s Religion section.

News highlights:

Expressions of Faith from BU’s Class of 2021

Marsh Chapel Easter Sunrise Service

Religious Life at BU Is “Resilient and Resurgent,” despite Pandemic

One Year Later: Lessons from the Pandemic – Dr. Jessica Chicka

Who Was Howard Thurman? Remembering Marsh Chapel’s path-breaking black dean

Marsh Chapel Dean Deplores United Methodist Decision on Anti-Gay Rules

Marsh Chapel Choir Records BU-Commissioned Oratorio

For Organist Justin Blackwell, Marsh Chapel Is Heaven

Marsh Chapel Program Grooms Vocalists for International Careers, For Choral Scholars, a chance to perfect their craft

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrances

News Archive:


Baccalaureate Speaker Urges Action against COVID-Worsened Hunger, Inequality

Expressions of Faith from BU’s Class of 2021

Religious Life at BU Is “Resilient and Resurgent,” despite Pandemic

One Year Later: Lessons from the Pandemic – Dr. Jessica Chicka

Marsh Monthly Outdoor Service

BU Community Writes Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address: We asked students, faculty, and staff to take on the role of presidential speechwriter and draft the president-elect’s highly anticipated opening remarks

Opening Doors: an interview with the Rev. Tyler Sit

Conversations with Experts – Jay Halfond interviews Jessica Chicka

Religious Practice, Spirituality, and COVID-19

Exhorting Ourselves and Exhorting Others


Marsh Chapel’s Annual “This I Believe Sunday”: Grads Share Journeys of Faith at BU

Thurman: “Life Goes On”

We’re in This together

Meet the Doodlers of BU

Marsh Chapel Adjusts Its Ministry in Response to Coronavirus: Dean Robert Hill on holding virtual worship services and other changes wrought by the pandemic

BU Commencement Postponed until Late Summer or Fall

Letter from the Dean of Marsh Chapel on March 14, 2020, regarding COVID-19

Coronavirus: BU Tuesday Roundup

BU’s Charles River Campus Marks Its 100th Anniversary: Check out the century’s pivotal moments

Who Was Howard Thurman? Remembering Marsh Chapel’s path-breaking black dean

Dean Hill Leads New Hub Cocurricular Experience on Vocation – This fall, Dean of Marsh Chapel Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill led HUB CC 120, a Hub cocurricular experience that encourages students to reflect on the subject of vocation. “This is a way for students to connect, either through events on campus or reading books or visiting people, about where their deepest passions meet the world’s greatest needs,” Hill said.  The goal of the cocurricular, for Hill, was to give students “a chance to really reflect on how they hope to see their life emerge in a fuller sense than simply math, science, history, etc.—to view their life in a personal way.”  For more information about Hub cocurricular offerings, visit

Marsh Chapel Tree Trimming

Erin Edwards (COM’21) Remembered for Her Kindness, Humor, and Ambition: Friends, faculty, and staff gathered at Marsh Chapel to honor a life, cut short by tragedy, that touched them all


In Baccalaureate Address, John Howe (MED’69, Hon.’19) Puts Names to “Making a Difference”

Graduating Students Share Their Journeys of Faith Personal reflections offered during Marsh Chapel’s annual “This I Believe” Sunday

Marsh Chapel Dean Deplores United Methodist Decision on Anti-Gay Rules: “Our full embrace and affirmation of the LGBTQIA community will not change”

A Class That Explores the Gospel According to Tupac Shakur (Denise-Nicole Stone, Marsh Associate)

BU Policies Protecting Free Speech to Get Fresh Look (Br. Larry Whitney is serving on the committee)

Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at Marsh Chapel

What’s Hot This Fall in Fashion (Devin Harvin, Marsh Associate)

Bringing a Social Justice Mission to Business Maureen Alphonse-Charles uses her vast business network to help others (Maureen is a Marsh Chapter Member)

Campus ministers respond to hungry, homeless college students

Tree of Life Synagogue Shootings Vigil, October 30th, 2018

Alumni Weekend 2018: Building a Community: More than 3,000 alums celebrated old memories while connecting with new BU


2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrances

The Necessity of Hope Inspires Summer Preaching at Marsh Chapel; Annual series, featuring BU and guest speakers, begins Sunday

Reflections on Faith

Mayor of San Juan: What Will You Do in a Moral Crisis? Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (CAS’84, Hon.’18) delivers emotional Baccalaureate address

Graduating students share personal stories during Marsh Chapel’s “This I Believe” Sunday

‘Are We Climate Ready?’ talks anticipated flooding, need for green spaces in Boston

BU Student Employees of the Year Celebrated at Annual Ceremony, Awards go to two undergrads, two grads, and to Supervisor of the Year

BU Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59) – Events all week long commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death

Br. Larry on The Common Thread Podcast, Part 1

Br. Larry on The Common Thread Podcast, Part 2

The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill will be this year’s guest preacher and Bible study leader at the New England UMC Conference. Dr. Hill is Dean of Marsh Chapel and chaplain to Boston University, where he is Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology. Dr. Hill is an elder in the Upper New York Conference.

BU Love Stories

Marsh Chapel Choir Records BU-Commissioned Oratorio

Marsh Chapel Choir Records BU-Commissioned Oratorio

2017: An Unforgettable Year in Pictures

Lessons and Carols

Marsh Tree Trimming

Boston Globe: It’s a big day: The 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Marsh Chapel to Commemorate Protestantism’s Start

Discovering Marsh Chapel

Remembering Elie Wiesel (Hon.’74)

Susan Jackson Remembered for Kindness, Mentoring, Dedication, Memorial service for assistant provost at Marsh Chapel

DACA Prayer Vigil, September 5th, 2017

In Love and Need a Green Card?

BU Hillel’s New Executive Director Follows His Dream


Do Your Future Work with Passion, Nobel Laureate Tells Graduating University Seniors

Graduating Students Share Their Spiritual Journey, Marsh Chapel’s annual “This I Believe” Sunday

Marsh Chapel Program Grooms Vocalists for International Careers, For Choral Scholars, a chance to perfect their craft

Marsh Chapter member Dr. Cara Stepp featured in BU Today- Regaining a Voice

MLK Day Commemoration to Feature Duke Ellington Music

For Organist Justin Blackwell, Marsh Chapel Is Heaven

BU’s New Episcopal Chaplain on the 2016 Presidential Election

Summer Preaching Series in BU Today


Vigil on Marsh Plaza for the lives lost at Pulse Orlando

Baccalaureate 2016 in Bostonia Magazine

Baccalaureate 2016:  Guest Speaker Carrie Hessler-Radelet addresses the Class of 2016

Tracy Schroeder, BU’s VP of IS&T, blogs about highlights from Commencement 2016

Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium perform J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

BU’s Hillel House featured in the Boston Globe

BU Commemorates Martin Luther King Day on Marsh Plaza

The BU Medical Campus holds a forum on Islam in Social Media

BU Today’s “Close Up” on the 42nd Annual Service of Lessons and Carols

BU Today highlights  BU’s Hillel House

BU Today’s “Close Up” on the Inner Strength Gospel Choir

Dr. Jarrett conducts at Symphony Hall

Marsh in the Huffington Post

The Chapel Choir and BMOP in the Boston Globe


BU Today:  What You Can Do About “Racist Terrorism”

BU Today:  What Obamacare’s SCOTUS Victory Means

Highlights from Commencement 2015

Reverend Brittany Longsdorf, University Chaplain for International Students, assists BU’s Hillel House in their Holocaust remembrance activities

Dean Hill’s Defense of Gay Marriage in 2013 is cited in WBUR’s Cognoscenti

Click here to read an excerpt from Dean Hill’s newest book:  Charles River (Used with Permission of Wipf and Stock Publishers)

Obituary and Special Feature in the Portland Press Herald about Marsh Chapel Congregation member Darlene Ayres

Marsh Chapel hosts a vigil for Ferguson

The BMI Reviews the BU Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett directs the BU Symphonic Chorus at Symphony Hall

Chapel Associate Jessica Chicka sits on Carbon Tax disussion panel

Bert White and Dean Hill discuss Stewardship in BU Today

The Boston Globe Reviews Marsh Chapel Ensemble in Residence, Lorelei

The BMI Reviews Marsh Chapel Ensemble in Residence, Lorelei

The BMI Reviews the Back Bay Chorale led by Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett 


What Can the Gospels Teach Young Adults?

Methodist Bishop’s Gay Marriage Decision Cheers BU Church Leaders

Young adults lament lack of World Council of Churches representation

BU Continues to Reflect on Its Methodist Origins

Nottingham High School Wall of Fame Induction

Dean Hill is inducted into his high school wall of fame.

Marsh Takes Manhattan

Can Christians Play Well-With One Another?

Beauty and Anti-Semitism: The Gospel of John

BU Appoints First Chaplain for International Students

Max Miller Memorial Service

Marsh Chapel Dean Defends Gay Marriage

The Marsh Chapel Choir sings with the Rolling Stones

Words of Wisdom: “Be Your Authentic Self”

Marsh Chapel’s Brother Larry Whitney gives advice to the Class of 2013.

Learning to Turn on the Aggression

Rabbi Beyo teaches students to defend themselves through Krav Maga.

Patriots Day 2013 News articles related to Marsh Chapel

Marriages Made at BU

BU Today highlights romances that have blossomed at BU over the years.

Britten’s poetic vocal works, in centenary tribute

Boston Gobe music critic Jeremy Eichler reviews the first concert of the Britten 100th Anniversary Festival at Marsh Chapel.

Finding the Meaning of Free at Last

BU reflects on what Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech means to them.

A Look Back at Fall 2012 A slideshow of images of moments throughout the semester.

Let Us Remember

A Joyful Noise: Marsh Chapel Choir

A Radical for All

A Joyful Noise: BU Inner Strength Gospel Choir

BU holds a vigil for Sandy Hook Elementary School

Hillel Casts Wide Rosh Hashanah Welcome

Service Today Remembers BU Students Lost in New Zealand

BU welcomes Class of 2016 at matriculation ceremony

Dean Hill of Marsh Chapel mentioned in blurb about high profile wedding of Elisabeth Schadae and Bruce Purcelay

New Zealand Crash Lastest Tragedy in Tough Year for BU

Dean Hill discusses the difficult year BU has had with WBUR.

BU student hurt in New Zealand crash remains in critical condition

The Boston Channel reports on the crash and recovery in New Zealand.

BU Campus Reeling after NZ Crash

Article and video from Channel 7 News discussing the tragedy in New Zealand.

Candlelight Vigil Lights Marsh Plaza

A slideshow from the May 12 vigil held for three BU students killed in a car crash in New Zealand.

A Photo from BU Today showing the LGBTQ National Day of Silence Sit-In on Marsh Plaza

Growing Pains for BU’s Hindus

BU Today highlights the efforts of the BU community and Marsh Chapel to work together to find a permanent worship space for the BU Hindu population.

BU Goes to the Grammys

Two of the Marsh Chapel staff, Scott Allen Jarrett and Justin Thomas Blackwell, are featured in an article in BU Today on their Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance.  Bostonia article.

Celebrating MLK Day at BU

A listing of the activities around campus in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including Marsh Chapel’s annual service honoring MLK, Jr.

Have Yourself a Merry Boston Christmas

BU Today reports on Christmas activities around Boston, including Marsh Chapel’s Candlelight Christmas Eve service and Sunday Interdenominational Protestant Worship service on Christmas Day.

Faith and Reason

A snapshot of Dean Hill and Marsh Chapel from BU’s Research Report 2011.

Blue Christmas Comes to Marsh Chapel

BU Today explores Marsh Chapel’s “Blue Christmas” service, designed to support those grieving during the holidays.

New Episcopal Chaplain a Role Model

BU Today reports on one of the new members of the Marsh Community, Cameron Partridge, University Chaplain for Episcopal students.

The Fund for Theological Education’s 2011 Annual Report

Read more about the Fund for Theological Education, which has ties to the ministry program here at Marsh.

Women’s Voices, in Praise of God

BU Today talks about the new ensemble in residence at Marsh Chapel.  Lorelei is an all-female ensemble dedicated to performing music by female composers.

New footbaths a nod to BU’s growing Muslim population

Bu Today reports on new footbaths in the CELOP bathrooms designed to facilitate Muslim prayers.

Iraqi sister founding religious order to serve Boston ‘s spiritually poor

The Catholic News Agency reports on Sr. Olga Yaqob’s next steps after her departure from BU.

Nobel Prize Winner Hails the Power of Knowledge: Packed crowd at Marsh Chapel Listens to Baccalaureate Address

BU Today’s article illustrates the service and in the accompanying video, Dr. Ahmed Zewail delivers the Baccalaureate speech.

Points of Departure: Spiritually Ravenous

In BU Today’s article and accompanying video, Marsh Associate Tyler Sit (COM’11) talks about his path to becoming a pastor and about cofounding OUTlook, Marsh Chapel’s ministry for LGBTQ students.

A Passover Ritual for all Enslaved Peoples

University Chaplain Rabbi Joseph Polak writes an Op-Ed piece for the Boston Globe about his trip to the Sudan.

The Catholic Center Says Goodbye to Sister Olga

On behalf of the undergraduate community, Sarah Doyle (CAS ’11), President of the Catholic Center’s Undergraduate Executive Board, shares her blessings for Sister Olga at her Farewell Celebration.

Catholic Chaplain Sister Olga Leaving BU: Will Establish New Order of Nuns

BU Today tells about Sister Olga’s departure from BU and her new direction.

Marsh Chapel Choir: A Religion in Itself

BU Today takes a look at the life of the Marsh Chapel Choir, the dedication and service of its members, and how just how much the music plays a part in the choiristers’ spiritual lives.  Bostonia reprint

BU and Marsh Chapel celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

BU Today speaks with Chapel Associate Liz Douglass and her sermon about King and about what kind of work we need to do today for basic human rights.

Radio Boston Interview with Scott Jarrett

WBUR’s Radio Boston recently interviewed Dr. Jarrett about the music at Marsh Chapel.

Holiday Voices: Lessons & Carols

BU Today’s article includes a video with musical selections, “O, Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from 2010’s Lessons & Carols service.

University Service of Lessons & Carols

This link to BUniverse provides a video of the entire Lessons & Carols service.

Marsh Chapel and Bach, Together Again

In and interview with BU Today, Dr. Scott Allan Jarrett discusses the Annual Bach Cantata Series and the Bach Experience lectures.

LGBT Voices: Becoming Myself: BU Today article. Bostonia Article.

Inspired by the video series “It Gets Better” BU Today and Bostonia asked BU‘s LGBTQ community to share their experiences. These two articles of text and video includes life stories that offer messages of hope. In the BU Today article, Liz Douglass, Marsh Chapel associate for LGBTQ students, talks about coming out, being accepted by her family, and finding renewed faith in her religion.

Like Abraham, Called From Her Homeland: Iraqi Nun From Assyrian Church Leads Boston University Catholic Chaplaincy

The National Catholic Register speaks with Sr. Olga Yaqob, co-director of the Catholic Center at BU, about her faith journey that began in Iraq and eventually brought her to Boston.

40 Years Later: A Proper Graduation

The New York Times writes about Marsh Chapel and the Boston University Alumni Office’s role in organizing and leading a Service of Remembrance for the Class of 1970, a class whose graduation ceremony and celebrations were canceled by university administrators because of turmoil on college campuses around the country.

Biblical Sexuality

The LGBTQ Ministry at Marsh Chapel is hosting a lecture series during the fall of 2009 called OutLook: Shedding Light on the LGBT Community and Culture. BU Today covered the series and focused on the second lecture given by STH Professor of New Testament Jennifer Knust on “What the Bible Does (Not) Say about Homosexuality.

Beyond the Pulpit

This feature article and slideshow profiles Br. Larry Whitney, our University Chaplain for Community Life and celebrates his ordination in June 2009.

Icons Among Us: Marsh Chapel

This article, part of a series about the architecture of various buildings on campus, includes a slideshow of images of Marsh Chapel and comments from Dean Hill.