Why is Chapel Hour attendance not mandatory at ICU?

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Why is Chapel Hour attendance not mandatory at ICU?

At ICU, a weekly service known as Chapel Hour takes place every Wednesday at lunchtime during the term. As a general policy, no classes, lectures, or any other events are held by the university at this time. Attendance is optional. This policy is a manifestation of the university's values which upholds freedom in all service attendance ever since its founding.

Inviting students to encounter the Christian spirit at ICU means inviting them to face and be in dialogue with questions that Christianity has raised throughout history, for these questions continue to challenge humanity at its deepest roots even today. This is possible only through freedom of conscience and responsibility of each individual.

We hope that our students will make active use of the freedom they have been given and explore their life's dream of "serving God and humanity."