Andover Newton is breaking the bounds of ecumenism and is a “laboratory experiment” in transdenominationalism. Though Andover Newton is an expressly Christian theological school, worship is not limited to a singular pursuit; indeed Protestants worship with Catholics, Baptists with Unitarian Universalists and the Jewish congregations that meet on campus twice a week invite students from the community to join them in their regular services.
Wednesday Community Chapel is the most attended worship service of the week, with faculty, staff, students and members of local communities coming together to spend time in fellowship. Often, a faculty member (all of whom are ordained or practicing ministers) or student group will be responsible for planning the Wednesday worship service, but the campus has also invited faith-oriented social justice groups as well as hosted the Great Preaching series.
Most worship services take place in the newest building on campus, the Wilson Chapel, at the west end of the quadrangle. Wilson Chapel represents the old New England meeting house in function and layout. With no fixed iconographic representations and seating and layout that is totally flexible, Wilson can accommodate services for any faith group. Services can take place in any congregational formation, facing the beautiful walls of windows, or the indoor fountain and glass tower or inward in the round.