Cannon Chapel, Emory University
Emory University Quadrangle near Bishop Hall and Psychology building
Type of Prayer Place
Cannon Chapel is a modernistic oasis of meditation with soaring barrel vaulted concrete roof lines. You approach the chapel door via a long ramp that takes you above ground level and you enter into a quiet space of concrete and wood with copper railings that causes you to gave upward to the unique ceiling. The main chapel has very little adornment other than a long thin copper cross, giving you the feeling of serenity and sanctuary. Behind a large wooden screen is a smaller more intimate chapel with a large window on one side and a wooden altar with a hand-crafted cross.
The chapel was consecrated in 1981 and was named after William R. Cannon, the Dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory. He later served as a bishop in the United Methodist Church.
How I used this place of prayer
I enjoyed spending a few quiet moments here contemplating the simplicity of responding to God’s loving nature. It’s one of those places where you can really clear your head of the clutter of busy modern life. I preferred meditating in the smaller chapel with a cross oriented focal point.
Hours of Operation & Admission Requirements
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, closed (unless otherwise scheduled) Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Contact Information / Sponsoring Organization
Don’t forget to go into the far lobby area to see a model of the chapel that will give you a greater appreciation of the visionary architecture of the whole building. It is across the quadrangle from the Michale C Carlos Museum which is another interesting attraction on the Emory Campus.
Added by Karen Barber on September 20, 2013