The University Chaplain provides interfaith services and programs and serves as an umbrella for all religious life on all campuses. The University Chaplain works cooperatively with the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Muslim Chaplains and administers Goddard Chapel and the Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St. as university facilities. Special support is provided for traditions not represented by Chaplains, like Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.The University Chaplain also reaches beyond traditional religious groups to address concerns in all aspects of university endeavor and in relations with surrounding communities. This includes teaching, community service, counseling, helping to address ethical and spiritual concerns for Tufts. The University Chaplaincy upholds the Universalist tradition and commitment to inclusivity.The Interfaith Center is located at 58 Winthrop St. For information regarding policies and reservation form for the Center, please consult our reservation form for students, our reservation form for non-students, or for further information, please call 617-627-3427.
We in the Chaplaincy welcome a new semester and a new year, 2013, at Tufts University. Please check our on-line Newsletter for information about upcoming events. We are committed to a rich inner life, dynamic worship, meaningful communal education and fellowship, critical spiritual thinking, profound ethical reflection, and active engagement with the issues and needs of our time. Come join us and when you can’t be here with us, send us peace and light and positive vibes for this semester.
BACCALAUREATE AND COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND
Please see our Commencement section of this website or visit Tufts University Commencement website at http://commencement.tufts.edu/ for more information on all events happening on campus.
CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS AND FAMILIES!!
A Message from President Monaco:
Dear Students and Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of The Reverend Gregory McGonigle as Tufts’ next University Chaplain. Greg is currently the Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oberlin College, where he has served with distinction since 2008. His appointment was unanimously recommended to me by a university-wide Search Committee that oversaw a rigorous national search process. I am grateful to the members of the Search Committee for their service and to the many other students, faculty, and staff who took part in this successful search process.
The University Chaplain advances the educational mission as well as the vision of the University by promoting the spiritual, moral, and ethical development of members of the Tufts community and, through leadership of the University Chaplaincy, supports religious and spiritual life on all three campuses. I agree with the Search Committee that Greg is uniquely qualified to provide strategic leadership of the Chaplaincy. At Oberlin, he has led the transformation and revitalization of the Office of Religious Life into a vibrant multifaith program, creating new opportunities for interfaith dialogue and developing new programs to educate the college community about current events and issues in religion and ethics and to promote the knowledge and appreciation of religious
Greg impressed the Search Committee and other interviewers with both his commitment and his vision. His accomplishments at Oberlin include programs to support under-resourced campus spiritual communities as well as collaborative programming with campus offices responsible for health and wellness, multicultural affairs, residential life, and service learning.
He has also taught in Oberlin’s Experimental College on topics including religions, genders, and sexualities and interfaith engagement and leadership.
Greg received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University with a concentration in Religious Studies, focusing on South Asian religions, and his M.Div. From Harvard Divinity School, where he designed his ministerial education specifically for academic chaplaincy. He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and prior to his work at Oberlin he served as a campus minister for four years at the University of California at Davis.
We have been very fortunate to have superb leadership by The Reverend Patricia Budd Kepler as University Chaplain ad interim since the beginning of 2012. Pat will continue in this role until Greg joins Tufts at the beginning of July. I hope you will join me in welcoming Greg to the Tufts community, and in thanking the many students, faculty, and staff who have contributed their insights to our visioning exercises and the subsequent search process.
Goddard Chapel is open:
Mondays – Thursdays from 9 AM – 9 PM and on Fridays from 9 AM – 5 PM.
Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., is open:
Mondays – Thursdays from 12-10 PM, and Fridays from 12-6 PM.
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