Life at Palmer


The Palmer Seminary community meets twice a week every other week for worship as the seminary, and once each week with the rest of the Eastern University community for Chapel. The bi-weekly seminary Vespers services are a delightful and refreshing opportunity for us to celebrate the God of our salvation, savor our oneness in Christ, and seek the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit as we journey together. Preaching that heals and motivates, manifesting a variety of Christian worship traditions and styles, and times of silent prayer and reflection are the centerpiece of these Vespers services. We sing our Christian faith through a variety of musical expressions—traditional, gospel, contemporary, international. Storytelling, liturgical dance and other creative forms give further expression to our reverence for the work and presence of God and the life we have in Christ.

Chapel & Chew

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:05pm and ending by 6:55pm, the Palmer community meets for Chapel, followed by a (FREE) meal. We call it Chapel & Chew, because not only do we worship the Lord together, as his family here at Palmer, we also share friendship around the table (or desks, depending on the venue)! On Tuesday evenings, The Rev. Bronwyn Yocum and our Methodist friends offer worship in the Wesleyan style (often with Holy Communion), and on Thursday evenings, Dr. Debbie Watson lines up speakers from the Faculty, Staff, Alumni and neighbor pool of Palmer! If you would like to help with accompaniment, provide special music, or bring a meditation, please let Dr. Watson and Rev. Yocum know! The heart of life – now and in eternity – is to worship the Lord our God with all that is our lives! Come practice with your sister and brothers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6:05pm, in one of the classrooms on the second floor of McInnis Hall.

Special interest groups

A wide range of small special interest groups convene for a variety of reasons, including prayer, mutual support, theological or ecclesiastical identity and exploration, outreach, Bible study, spiritual direction, issues advocacy, and more.