4 Ways to Engage Faith
Community chapel services provide an opportunity to come together to celebrate, learn and grow. Chapel is our regular all-community gathering and our biggest classroom. We host speakers from around the world who challenge the community to live out their faith and become responsible global citizens. This program is central to the University’s mission.
Sessions (small groups) are Christ-centered conversations that will have the same commitment to inclusivity and honoring each person’s journey that we try to model in chapel. The first half of the semester Sessions will utilize a multimedia program called “Alpha” and the second half will center on a live “Principles & Praxis” curriculum.
Uphill & Unplugged
Uphill & Unplugged are simple, once a month, meditative style worship service in Schlatter Chapel, featuring acoustic worship, a short devotional message and prayer.
One on One
One on One are one-time appointments with WPU’s Campus Pastor to just talk. Drinks on her.
Faith Engagement Locations
Due to Covid-19 restrictions all Faith & Service engagements will be virtual until further notice.
Sessions meet every Monday from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Chapel meets every Wednesday from 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Uphill & Unplugged meets the 3rd Monday monthly..
One on One meetings are 30 minute appointments scheduled with Campus Pastor.
Because we believe these experiences are essential to the growth and development of each student, participation in this program is a required component of what it means to be a student at Warner Pacific University. Therefore, students who do not complete and log the required number of hours for chapel and service prior to the set deadline will be fined $10 per missed hour, with a maximum fine amount of $200, at the end of each semester.
Waivers of chapel and service requirements are given for those involved in the Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS), Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education studentswho are completing their student teaching semester, Master’s level students, and students taking fewer than 12 credits.
Students must fill out a petition form to request a waiver of this requirement. Students with an unavoidable academic or work-related conflict preventing he/she from participating in our Faith and Service program may petition the chapel requirement using the online form. Applications must include the type of conflict, a specific schedule indicating which chapel dates cannot be attended and supervisor contact information if the conflict is work-related. Only complete applications will be considered.
Full semester waivers should be submitted by the third week of each semester.
Students can only petition for upcoming chapels to be waived. We are unable to waive chapels retroactively.
Serving others is woven into the entire fabric of the WP experience including classes, athletics, residence life and more. You’ll find a number of co-curricular activities specifically devoted to helping you use your unique talents and gifts to make the world better for others, preparing you for a lifetime of meaningful servant-leadership.
What is Service?
Service at Warner Pacific University is an opportunity to meet the tangible needs of our neighbors in the city of Portland and beyond. Our students are encouraged to engage in the University’s Christ-centered identity through utilizing their skills, passions and education to work toward social justice through consistent direct service in the community.
As a commitment to service, Warner Pacific University requires every traditional student to complete a set number of service hours per semester as part of their Faith and Service requirements. Commuter students must complete at least 5 service hours each semester, while residential students must complete at least 10 hours.
Warner Pacific’s Service-Learning program links students to meaningful local, long-term service opportunities that align with your unique skill set and interests. We believe that civic engagement empowers students to develop and apply their educational skills outside of the classroom in a practical environment, network locally gains real-world experience, and effectively work toward lasting positive social change.
What to expect when you get involved:
- Individualized assistance in connecting you to meaningful service that meets your skills and interests
- Opportunities to connect your future career with service
- Details about local non-profit organizations
- Assistance with completing volunteer applications for local non-profits
- Information about upcoming volunteer training in the Portland area
- Specifics about upcoming service opportunities in the Portland area
- Assistance incorporating service into your resume
- Regular awards and recognition for consistent service
Each student is required to personally log all of their completed service hours using the online form. A separate form will need to be completed for each service project. Service projects must be completed during the semester in which they are submitted. Projects done over the summer will not count for credits in the fall.
Service hours must meet the qualifications of Service Learning at Warner Pacific in order to be accepted towards your overall service requirement.
To qualify for your service hour requirement, completed service must:
- Meet a tangible need for our neighbors in or around the city of Portland
- Partner with a non-profit organization
- Directly addresses one of the eight service categories as listed below (click here for full definitions – pdf):
- Ecological Justice
- Economic Justice
- Gender Equity
- Interfaith Relationships
- Racial/Ethnic Equity
- Support for the Elderly & Disabled
- Youth & Child Support
Service hour submissions are due the Friday before the last full week of classes each semester. Students will have one additional week following the deadline to submit service hours with an additional late fee. Once finals week has begun, no more service hour submissions will be accepted.
Please note: It is highly encouraged that you log any completed service hours above and beyond your required amount. In addition, internships may qualify toward your service hour requirement if they adhere to the requirements of what qualifies as “service” at WP.