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Leland Stanford - Memorial Church - Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
N 37° 25.629 W 122° 10.216
10S E 573412 N 4142582
Quick Description: This memorial plaque resides in front of Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2015 7:49:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMNGE1
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Long Description:
Located in front of the historic Memorial Church on the campus of Stanford University is a sandstone plaque embedded into front facade of the church that reads:



The following verbiage is taken from the church website (link below) to describe its history and reads:

Stanford Memorial Church stands at the center of the campus, and is the University’s architectural crown jewel. It was one of the earliest, and is still among the most prominent, interdenominational churches in the West. Jane Stanford built the church as a memorial to her husband, Leland. Together, Senator and Mrs. Stanford had constructed the University as a memorial to their son, Leland, Jr.

The Stanfords, who were religious, but not committed to any denomination, decreed that the church was to be open to all. Adopting such a philosophy, they felt, would permit the church to serve the broadest spiritual needs of the university community. The Stanfords also saw spiritual and moral values as essential to a young person’s education and future citizenship. The first chaplain of Memorial Church, the Rev. Charles Gardner, said on its dedication day in 1903: “We begin anew today no less an experiment than this: to test whether a non-sectarian church can minister to the spiritual needs of a great university. it has been built in love; not to teach a theological system, not to develop a sectarian principle, but to minister to the higher life.” The church construction was completed in 1903. Today, regular multi-faith services are held in the church, in addition to denominational and nondenominational Christian services. Please explore the church’s features and history with the links above.

Memorial Church was erected in 1902

Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Memorial Church, Stanford University

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