The Significance of the Chapel at St. Stephen's
The St. Stephen’s Chapel was built to the greater glory of God. It was built to be the center of life on this holy hill. Bishop Hines once said that “academic freedom and freedom of religion are twins born out of the same matrix, sharing the same bloodstream and some very vital organs.” The Chapel stands at the center of the school to witness always to that relationship.
The Chapel should be open to all persons of every faith who would share their insight into what makes the world and its peoples what they are. Again, Hines wrote, “If religion is a source of reverence for the significance of every human being, just because he or she is a human being [then] we are gripped by a preoccupation with living and suffering men and women; [We must be] hostile to everything that is weighing them down; [we must] find it intolerable that anyone should be morally sacrificed, that any life should be remorselessly used up and flung aside as worthless. No group should be more passionate than the church in seeking the ends of human justice, that will enable all to live their lives well and participate in their God-given destiny.”