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Archive for Sunday, August 15, 1999

CAMPUS CHAPEL POPULAR WITH STUDENTSCOMMUNITY

August 15, 1999

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Danforth Chapel serves the university and community as a place of beauty and celebration.

It's a place of meditation, worship, reflection and celebration.

Since 1946 when it was dedicated, Danforth Chapel has stood at the corner of Jayhawk Boulevard and Lilac Lane as a place where lasting memories are made on the Kansas University campus.

The chapel was named for William Danforth, whose grant from the Danforth Foundation provided the necessary funds to start the project. Students and faculty also contributed money and labor to make the chapel a reality.

The chapel is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for individual meditation when classes are in session. Registered students and campus organizations can reserve the chapel for up to one hour a day, three days a week.

Individuals may reserve the chapel for weddings, christenings, memorial services and for other appropriate uses at no charge.

"Anyone who wants to use the chapel can," said Anna Curfman, office secretary and Danforth reservationist of the Organizations Leadership Development Center. "They don't have to be KU alums."

There is no charge to use the space, which has made it a popular place for small weddings and other celebrations.

Curfman estimates 200 to 300 weddings are performed at Danforth Chapel each year.

"It's really a neat little building," she said. "It has a sort of history that's made is popular."

The beautiful design and landscaping adds to the appeal, Curfman said.

"It's really gorgeous," she said.

The chapel seats 80 to 90 people, and reservations usually require at least a three-week notice.

"In May and June, we're booked solid," Curfman said. "We're already getting reservations for 2000."

There is no pastor assigned to the chapel but several ministers affiliated with the Kansas University Religious Advisors (KURA) organization are available for weddings and other services.

For reservation information, contact the Student Organizations and Leadership Development Center, Room 400 in the Kansas Union or call 864-4861.

-- JL Watson's phone message number is 832-7145. Her e-mail address is jwatson@ljworld.com.

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