Category Archives: University Chaplaincy Stories
The carillon tune sounding from Goddard Chapel’s tower this month honors our planet home, in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd. “All things bright and beautiful” was first published in 1848 in a collection called Hymns for Little Children.
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
This month’s carillon tune commemorates the Anglican Church’s February 27th feast day of metaphysical poet George Herbert. Herbert was born in Wales in 1593, and became one of the most influential British devotional writers in history. As a student at Trinity College in Cambridge, he reveled in language, rhetoric, and music, attracting the attention of … » read
In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday this month, Goddard Chapel’s carillon features one of the civil rights leader’s most beloved songs, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” This poignant song was penned by the Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey upon the death, in 1932, of the composer’s wife and infant son during childbirth. In … » read
Goddard Chapel’s carillon currently features the beloved Christmas carol, “Angels we have heard on high.” A carol of French origin, the common English text (as translated by Catholic Bishop James Chadwick in 1862), references the story of Christ’s birth as told in the biblical Gospel of Saint Luke. The tune’s memorable melodic refrain relays in … » read
Goddard Chapel’s carillon currently features an excerpt from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata on the Thanksgiving hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God.” After arriving at his career-defining post as Cantor in the German city of Leipzig, in 1723, Bach composed and performed a large-scale, multi-movement church cantata almost every week for several years. Many of … » read
On Thursday January 21st, Tufts University hosted its annual celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme, “A Revolution of Values: Poverty, Peace, and Power.” The Reverend Dr. King is well known for his role in the civil rights movement, but fewer are aware of his focus on poverty, peace, and power. The annual celebration reflected on what it would mean to undergo a revolution of these values through the words of both the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Tufts students. The event included musical performances by Tufts University’s S-Factor and the Chaplaincy’s organist Dr. Janet Hunt. To see a recording of the event, please click on the video below: » read
Goddard Chapel’s carillon presently features the tune “St. Columba.” The melody is presumed to be an ancient Irish church melody, and received its name from a beloved 6th-century Irish saint credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland.
The University Chaplaincy wants to offer its admiration and support to the many Tufts students, faculty, and staff who have devoted themselves to the cause of justice—against the racism that not only underpins many institutions in America but that also shapes and impacts our own campus community.
University Chaplaincy recently hosted our Annual Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 3 at 4:30 pm in Goddard Chapel. Faculty, staff, and students filled the chapel. Click the title to see more images from this year’s concert.