University of Dubuque
 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary – Presbyterian (PCUSA)

Worship and Spiritual Life

We are called as Christians to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. The Seminary seeks to nurture this love in the classroom, in chapel, in the library, and through individual devotions. Corporate worship is held daily at 11:15 a.m. during August and J-term, and Tuesday through Thursday at 9:40 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. The Seminary community gathers to hear the Scriptures publicly read and the Word proclaimed, sing praise to God, and join in prayer. On Wednesday the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated during each residency, and during the fall and spring semesters.

Students, faculty, and guests are invited to participate in leading worship for the community. Rev. Beth McCaw, Pastor to Students, schedules worship leaders. Guest preachers are invited and scheduled only in consultation with the Dean of the Seminary. The community uses the rich liturgical resources of various Christian traditions in the course of the year.



During the August and January residencies, chapel is held each weekday at 11:15 a.m.  During the fall and spring terms, chapel is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at 9:30, and communion is celebrated each Wednesday.   All are welcome.  During the fall and spring students prepare, preach and lead services on Tuesday, faculty and guests preach on Wednesdays, and Morning Prayer in varied forms is offered on Thursdays.  This year Pastor to Students Beth McCaw continues to gather and work with worship planning teams for many of the services during the residencies and regular terms.  Over several weeks, circles of four to five members use Barbara Miller's collaborative model for worship planning. This provides for a rich time of meditation among the small group, and creative offerings when the order is pieced together and members of the seminary community bring varied gifts to the service. This year the council is pleased to support regular use of the Psalms in worship using the recently published “Psalms for All Seasons.”  

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