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In 1968 the University Alumni Association started the Century Fund to raise money to construct a non-denominational chapel where all were welcome. $375,000 later, a dream four years in the making was finally underway. By May 13, 1972, the Meditation Chapel had been officially dedicated. The intricate architecture, central placement on campus, and unique features make the Chapel a well-known landmark on campus. On each entrance there is a Sun of Knowledge symbolizing learning and life-giving force with detailed designs of plants and animals drawing life from the sun. It is open to students, faculty, and alumni of all faiths to worship, meditate, or contemplate life.


  • Meditation Chapel, ca. 2000.  EKU Photo Collection.
  • Meditation Chapel stained glass window.  EKU Photo Collection.
  • Clarence Gifford presents James W. Thurman a pledge on behalf of the Class of 1909 for the construction of the Meditation Chapel, 1968.  EKU Photo Collection.
“Chapel of Meditation ,” Discover EKU, accessed July 25, 2018, https://discovereku.omeka.net/items/show/803.

Ellis, William E. 2015. A history of Eastern Kentucky University : the school of opportunity. n.p.: Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, ©2015.