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Welcome to the Rooke Chapel Congregation, the ecumenical and welcoming Christian community at Bucknell University. I invite you to read about our community and our ministries and activities. 

Rooke Chapel is a sacred space for worship and solitude. It is a place to meditate, to pray and to feel God's loving embrace around you. Our community of faith is guided by an ethos of caring and acceptance. We seek to provide a welcoming place for the people of Bucknell University, the greater Lewisburg community, and beyond. The University Chaplain serves as the pastor to the Rooke Chapel Congregation. In that capacity, I conduct a weekly welcoming Christian worship service on Sundays at 11:00 AM, accompanied by the Rooke Chapel Ensemble and the Rooke Chapel Ringers. If you would like to participate as a Chapel Assistant please contact Ruth Ann Craven in the Office of Religious Life in the Chapel Annex. If you would like to meet with me to discuss your hopes, dreams, doubts or just need a listening presence, please contact me or stop by Rooke Chapel. Throughout the year we conduct service projects, offer hospitality meals, book and Bible studies and lunch discussions. We welcome everyone to our community, regardless of his or her religious affiliation or lack thereof. You need not be a member of the Bucknell University community to participate in the worship, work and ministry of the Rooke Chapel Congregation. There is a place for you here.


Sincerely,


John Patrick Colatch
University Chaplain


THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ADOPTED BY THE OFFICE OF CHAPLAINS AND RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL STAFF:

One of the mission goals of the Bucknell University Office of Chaplains and Religious Life states that we encourage respect and civil discourse among diverse religious and spiritual groups and individuals. During a time when incidents of incivility and hate crimes and speech have proliferated after a fractious presidential campaign and election, we as members of the professional staff of chaplains and religious advisers reiterate our support of people of all faith traditions, and those who claim no faith tradition, and affirm all as persons of intrinsic sacred and human worth. We condemn all attacks on any person, whether through speech, the written word or actual physical assault because of one’s professed religious beliefs, ethnic or racial heritage, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status. We will continue to provide safe spaces for conversation, dialogue and religious or spiritual retreat and will not hesitate to speak out whenever and wherever individuals feel threatened.


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The Rooke Chapel Congregation: How Do We Embody Our Faith?

  • Worship every Sunday in Rooke Chapel when the university is in session.
  • We strive to encourage one another in our spiritual lives at Bucknell.
  • We sponsor Events — speakers, educational opportunities, retreats and social gatherings.
  • We host choirs and other musical opportunities.
  • We assist with local and International service opportunities.
  • We provide opportunities for all to assist in our worship life together.