Thomas J. Boyd Chapel A chief aim of Shaw University is to provide an educational setting where religion and learning go hand in hand and where character grows with knowledge. The mission of the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel is to create an environment where a student's religious commitment can be enhanced and authenticated. Students are exposed to Christian doctrine while delving into the meaning of the Holy Scripture. The Chapel also helps students face issues confronting them during various stages in their growth and development. The Chapel serves as an integrating force, offering a perspective which brings together academic, social and spiritual development.