Built in 1967 and designed Arthur Fehr, Christ Chapel was conceived as a building appropriate to a time after “bastion Christianity” was past, not a monumental building, but a simple place “where Christians came together, without claiming any special privilege or asserting any right of domination.” Indeed it appears as a tent, “a versatile structure able to adapt to the changing needs of the world, its ridge pole pointed toward the city, and its front flaps sometimes open to invite the wanderer in and sometimes closed to shelter those gathered inside.” (R. Francis Johnson, The Symbolism of Christ Chapel). Outside you encounter the cross at the crossroads of the campus, and inside you see it beyond the altar and through the stained glass, colored with the shades of Live Oak leaves at the various seasons. It befuddled the traditionally minded in its early years and continues to surprise the visitor today. For those of us who worship there, day in and day out, in every season, alongside our companions, it is familiar, alive, its moods as many as the changing leaves. With bread within we are nourished and then drawn into the grove, the city, and the world outside the windows.

Cynthia Briggs Kittredge

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Cynthia Briggs Kittredge

Dean and President
Seminary of the Southwest