Category Archives: Glideshow

June Carrilon Tune

Resonating from the tower of Goddard Chapel is a beacon hymn of the Gay Pride movement, “We Are the Church Alive”. Penned in 1980 by Jack Hoggart and David Pelletier, it has become a favorite of Christian congregations that celebrate Gay Pride with intentional services and liturgies during the month of June.
Speaking of … » read

Posted in Featured Stories, Glideshow

Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:45 pm, Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop St.)

This year’s lecturer featured The Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, a prominent spiritual leader and social activist in the Black Lives Matter movement. On Monday, April 3, 2017, he delivered the 150th Anniversary Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life in a talk titled, … » read

Posted in Glideshow, Past Programs 2016-2017

February 2017 Carillon Tune

Resounding from the Goddard Chapel carillon throughout the month of February is one of the great resistance songs of our era, “We Shall Overcome.” A defining anthem of the African-American Civil Rights movement, the modern version of this gospel hymn began to seep into consciousness during a 1945 tobacco workers’ strike, in Charleston, S.C. Disseminated … » read

Posted in Featured Stories, Glideshow

January 2017 Carillon Tune

This month, as we begin a new calendar year, Goddard Chapel’s carillon features the traditional new year carol “Levy-Dew.” Originating in the southwestern Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, the song has been a customary element of a start-of-year ritual in which children, using a fresh sprig of evergreen, will sprinkle newly-drawn well water on passers-by. The … » read

Posted in Featured Stories, Glideshow, Old Glideshow

Mindful Mondays and Fridays in Goddard Chapel

Mondays and Fridays, Noon, Goddard Chapel
Join Priya Sraman, Buddhist in Residence and advisor to the Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha, for guided meditation (with various lengths of sitting), followed by conversation, tea, and light snacks.

Posted in Glideshow

June 2016 Carillon Tune

This month’s tune radiating from the Goddard Chapel carillon is “When the Summer Sun Is Shining,” a seasonal hymn from the Unitarian Universalist tradition. Beautifully evoking the sensory experience of the summer months, the text by Sydney Henry Knight is traditionally paired with a tune from the American shape-note tradition entitled “Holy Manna.” One of … » read

Posted in Featured Stories, Glideshow

May 2016 Carillon Tune

May’s carillon tune from the tower of Goddard Chapel anticipates the joy of Commencement with the traditional commercium (academic song) “Gaudeamus Igitur.” Likely originating from a 1287 Latin manuscript, it is now commonly sung as a formal hymn at university graduation ceremonies the world over (despite its light-hearted and decidedly non-formal character). Indeed, it will … » read

Posted in Featured Stories, Glideshow

Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life 2016

On Thursday April 7, 2016, the University Chaplaincy invited Professor Diana Eck to deliver the annual Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life. We welcome you to view a video of the lecture, including introductory remarks by Tufts Chief of Staff Michael Baenen, by clicking the image.

Posted in Glideshow, Past Programs 2015-16

March 2016 Carillon Tune

This month, the tune from the tower of Goddard Chapel is Natalie Sleeth’s 1986 hymn, “Hymn of Promise.”
Natalie Sleeth was one of America’s prolific composers of church music in the mid-late 20th century until her death in 1992. Her tunes and texts are well loved in newer American denominational hymnals — including the hymnal … » read

Posted in Glideshow, University Chaplaincy Stories

May Carillon Tune

The current carillon tune is a Welsh folksong called “The Ash Grove.” The original lyrics told the story of a sailor’s love for his sweetheart, who has passed away and is lying beneath “the shades of the lowly ash grove.” 20th-century musician Katherine K. Davis set her text “Let All Things Now Living” to the tune, and it appears in many hymnals. » read

Posted in Glideshow