Kilworth Chapel, dedicated on March 9, 1967, is used by on- and off-campus communities and groups for a variety of events including weddings, memorials, musical performances, classes, plays, lectures, and spiritual services. While the Chapel recreates the feel of a New England meeting house, it is intentionally maintained as a space for people of any, all, or no particular religion. Religious symbols may be brought in for worship or spiritual services, but is readily moved to the Sacristy to embody hospitality and inclusion for those of a wide range of backgrounds, beliefs, and interests.
In his will, William W. Kilworth left a description of the chapel he wanted erected on the University of Puget Sound campus. It was to serve as a memorial to his wife and the idealism of a young man in a new country with his own future before him. Mr. Kilworth was a man with a firm handshake and a big dream for the Pacific Northwest and its industrial development, for the city of Tacoma and its unfilled destiny, and for the University of Puget Sound.
In addition to the Sanctuary, the Chapel is also home to a modest lounge for receptions and smaller programs; a multifaith meeting room; an Islamic Prayer Space, and a vegetarian kitchen that can be used by students with particular religious/ethical dietary restrictions. The Gail Day Chapel occupies the top floor and offers an intimate space for small groups, club meetings, and occasionally worship or meditation offerings.