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Campus Wide Chapel Series

Welcome to our 2015-16 University Chapel Series! The purpose of this series is to bring challenging speakers together with the McKendree campus community and the larger community for inspiration and celebration of the spirit that has been at the heart of McKendree University since it’s founding in 1828. Students, faculty, staff and community groups will be featured at each service! We hope you will make a special effort to come celebrate with us!

Lessons & Carols Service in The Chapel at Noon

Friday, December 11th, 2015.

Keynote Speaker: Danielle Harrison, M.A.; J. D.

Theme: Hospitality

As a speaker, teacher and writer, Danielle has worked with children, young adults, and adults for over 24 years in a wide range of settings (spiritual director, classroom teacher, retreat facilitator, hospital spiritual director, and campus minister). As a Haitian American, Danielle’s musical talent blended with her depth of insight provides spiritual inspiration to many. Currently she is a member of the theology faculty at St. Louis University High School ( a Catholic Jesuit High School) and is a contributing author to the African American Catholic Youth Bible. She is married to Tim Harrison, McKendree University’s Chaplain.

Christian Unity & MLK Service in The Chapel at 4 p.m.

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Ranodore Foggs, McKendree University Director of Public Service

Theme: Service

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Foggs currently resides in Fairview Heights, Illinois with his wife Eva, daughter Schallon ’17 and son Tylar. Rev. Foggs serves as a Pastor of the New Horizon Community Church in East St. Louis, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree from Webster University and completed some courses in the Master of Divinity Program at the Covenant Theological Seminary in Missouri. He serves as the Violence Prevention Coordinator of the New Salem Baptist District Association, Inc. Pastor Foggs is a former Captain with the Illinois State Police, a former East St. Louis Chief of Police, chairman of the Financial Oversight Panel for East St. Louis District 189 (appointed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)), Board member of the NAACP chapter, a former trainer for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education ( D.A.R.E) Program and has extensive experience with youth and inner-city programs. Currently, Randore Foggs has been McKendree University’s Director of Emergency Services for the past three and a half years.

Jewish Seder Meal in Circuit Riders at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Keynote Speaker: TBA

The Seder Meal is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover. The Seder involves a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.


Celebration Chapel Service in The Chapel at Noon

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Professor David Ottinger

Theme: Faculty Reflection

Mr. David Ottinger, Professor of Art, will be retiring this year after teaching at McKendree University for thirty-eight years (He started here in 1978). He earned his M.F.A. in Painting at Washington University in 1978 and has traveled to many places including Mexico and Germany to view art in the forms of ruins, museums, and cathedrals. He has been a member of the College Art Association of New York, NY since 1982. He has previously taught at Washington University, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, and the St. Louis Art Museum. We wish him well and will miss his many contributions to McKendree University.