10 Things You May Not Know About Fish Interfaith Center

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fish Interfaith Center, we offer a heartfelt appreciation for some of the not-so-well-known features and programs that keep us coming back.

Nourishing body, mind, heart and soul in a single day is a pretty tall order. But 10 years ago this fall Chapman University symbolically did just that with the opening of four major buildings on campus.

On Oct. 16, 2004, the University hosted grand opening celebrations for the Fish Interfaith Center, Leatherby Libraries, Oliphant Hall and Glass Residence Hall.

Chapman students, faculty and staff have a special connection to the Fish Interfaith Center and Leatherby Libraries, whose interdisciplinary programs and cross-cultural energy are the heartbeat of the University.

In this list, we offer a heartfelt appreciation for some of the not-so-well-known features and programs that keep us coming back to explore the Fish Interfaith Center.

1 Changing Light From All Directions

The light in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel changes throughout the day as the sun moves across the colored art glass windows placed high in the chapel’s soaring walls.

picture of a group of chairs

2 Meditation Time

Need a quiet moment? The meditation room is open for drop-in visits.

people meditating

3 Symbols From World’s Faith Traditions

Images and symbols from the world’s faith traditions are subtly embedded in the marquetry of artist William Tunberg, who created the solid maple chancel furnishings and other tables, chairs and shelving throughout the center.


4 Regular Meetings by Many Faith Groups

Eight different faith groups hold regular meetings or worship in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel each week, and more are always welcome.

5 Marble to Match the Southern California Sky

The sky-blue marble that lines the Chapman Columbarium was imported from Brazil.

woman sitting on ground

6 A Home For Science

Science is at home here. Chapman professors Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D., and Jeff Tollaksen, Ph.D., from the Institute for Quantum Studies are just two of the scientists who have added their perspectives to conversations about the nature of time and being.

7 A Beacon in the Night

At night, the 60-foot-tall Chapman Light Tower and Plaza glows like a beacon that’s identifiable to passengers on final approach to John Wayne Airport.

8 Award-Winning Architecture

The center won the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

9 Speed Faithing

Speed faithing parties give participants five minutes to answer questions about their faith and then learn about someone else’s traditions.

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10 Alumni Privileges

Alumni brides- and grooms-to-be get a discount on the facility fee.

people getting married


  • The Fish was built while our daughter, Claire, was attending Chapmen and we were there fo the grand opening. I has meant a lot to us from day one and this article serves to remind us of its magic.

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