About Rockwell House
Worship at the Rockwell House is centered around the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, or Mass). On Sunday nights, we gather to hear people read Scripture and preach in response to it; to sing and to pray for the world and those we love; to share the blessed bread and wine; and to be sent back into the world renewed and refreshed for the week to come. In worship as in everything we do at Rockwell House, we strive to be fully inclusive of all.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, we sit down to home-cooked meals and engage in conversation, catching up, and sharing celebrations and struggles. Special and lasting friendships are made here. Many students who became friends through Rockwell consider these relationships to be their strongest and most meaningful. Rockwellians often end up sharing apartments or campus housing together. Students find Rockwell House to be a place of welcome and nonjudgment.
Rockwell House is our home… and that means it’s your home, too! Rockwell House is a place where you can hang out, study, watch TV, meet with a small group, bake cookies, play badminton in the backyard, or sit by the fireplace. The whole house has wireless internet. The Chaplain’s office is here. And on Sundays and Wednesdays, dinner is here as well! Come on home, meet the community… and don’t be afraid to put your feet on the furniture!
The Rev. Hope (Hopie) Welles Jernagan
The Episcopal Church
Rockwell House is an Episcopal campus ministry. The Episcopal Church grew out of the Church of England and participates in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our Church is sometimes described as the via media, or middle way, as we combine beliefs and practices from both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. We are distinguished by our liturgy and prayer; here at Rockwell House, and at other congregations across the U.S., Episcopalians worship using the Book of Common Prayer. We are also a sacramental church, which means that we find certain rituals such as Baptism and the Eucharist to be “outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace.” We root our faith in the ancient creeds and the Baptismal Covenant, but we are also a big tent church and encourage individuals to doubt, question, and develop their own understandings of faith, God, and the Church. The Episcopal Church is enthusiastic about justice and celebrates the full inclusion of all people in all sacraments.