Chapel of Meditation

Dedicated May 13, 1972, the Chapel of Meditation is a non-denominational chapel used primarily for meditation by students, faculty, staff, student religious organizations, fraternities, sororities, other registered student organizations, weddings, and memorial services.

The Chapel of Meditation is the realization of a dream begun in 1968 when the Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Association adopted the Century Fund project to finance a non-denominational chapel.

The Chapel stands as a testimonial of the love and devotion of the alumni, faculty, students and friends, commorating the 10th anniversary of higher education on Eastern's campus.

The original $200,000 construction cost estimate was inflated upward throughout the planning and fund-raising stages of the Chapel project, but the campaign's supporters responded by pledging the $375,000 necessary to build and appoint the structure.

The largest measure of support came from the 500 members of the Alumni Century Fund, individuals who contributed $500 or more toward the Chapel's construction. One hundred and forty members of the University's faculty and staff and 24 student organizations contributed more than $100,000 while numerous individual, smaller gifts added substantially. In all, some 1,000 persons and groups representing 24 states and four countries made contributions to the drive to build the Chapel of Meditation.

EKU's Chapel of Meditation

by Nicolette Coontz, BEM 240 building profile