Past Events 2012-13

A Rabbi, a Minister and Four Big Question
Tuesdays, February 11 and 25, March 4 and 11, 6-7:30 pm, Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop Street)
Join Rev. Greg McGonigle and Rabbi Jeffrey Summit for dinner, self-reflection, and lively conversation. Each session will explore one big question in depth, such as: Where do you feel at home? What have you learned so far? When do you conform? and For whom are we responsible? Through text, image, the arts, and personal sharing we will learn more about ourselves and each other and think about our impact on the world. We’re looking to gather a diverse group and all are welcome. Please let us know if you’re joining us so we can order enough food. RSVP to Linda Karpowich at To learn more about our approach visit:
Unplugged Weekend
March 7-9, 2014
As the pace of life on our campus constantly increases, so too does our need to decompress, to find Sabbath and arrive at a set of practices—personally and communally—that will help us restore ourselves in mind, body and spirit. The advent of smartphones and (nearly) ubiquitous wi-fi has changed our lives, fattening our calendars and fooling us into thinking that we must be available at all hours of all days. This way of being is unsustainable at best. It is for this reason that I am reaching out to you, inviting you to join us in The Unplugging.

As a community committed to wellness—of mind, body, and spirit—we have an opportunity to plant seeds for Sabbath practice. The National Day of Unplugging (March 7-8) is the first step of what can be a major shift in how we engage with and prioritize rest and recreation. We expect great things from ourselves and each other on this campus. But to do, and continually do, we must periodically step away from the noise and freneticism to reclaim the roots of peace within us, to still our hearts and minds so that we may listen more clearly, observe more attentively–so that we may just be.

I invite you to Unplug during the weekend of March 7-9 (Friday to Sunday). You choose what works best for you—12 hours or 24 hours or the whole weekend(!). Whether it be a quiet technology-fast or an excuse to explore the city and spend time with friends and family without distractions, I invite you to spread the good news of the Sabbath Manifesto and think about how you might slow down. What kinds of technology-free activities might you engage in, with whom will you spend your time?  Unplugging can take as many shapes as there are people—what will it look like for you? How will you contribute to the movement with your personal practice and what would it look like to gather together and unplug with your community?

On Saturday night, March 8th at 9:30 pm, in Goddard Chapel, we will gather for a meal, acoustic music, and a neighborhood walk. And before and after we will share ideas and thoughts about how we unplug—through outreach, photos, Facebook and other ways. This is a chance for us all to contribute—so please share your thoughts and if you would like to co-sponsor let us know. We are encouraging everyone to get involved with planning something in your community/department/residence hall but most importantly, we hope you spread the word. Flyers, media and more information to come. To get involved, please contact Tufts Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper at Sponsored by the Catholic Chaplaincy and the Office of the University Chaplain.

Interfaith Open Mic Night
Thursday, March 6, 9 PM – SoGo Multipurpose Room
Join the Tufts Religious and Philosophical Student Community for an evening of music, poetry, and stories.  Come have hot cocoa, cookies and share your stories and experiences of belief, nonbelief, and community.  Students of any faith or none are welcome.Weekend Unplugged

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 5, Noon, Goddard Chapel
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It begins the 40-day season of prayer and fasting leading to Easter. The ashes are a reminder of our mortality and need for repentance, that “you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). The service will be led by Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper and Protestant Chaplain Rachael Pettengill-Rasure. All are welcome to join us. Sponsored by the Tufts University Chaplaincy. For more information please contact

Difficult Dialogues: A Toolkit for Leading Conversations across Cultures, Politics, and Religions
Dinner and Program: Friday, February 7, 7:30-10 pm
Workshop and Lunch: Saturday, February 8, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
Join the Tufts University Chaplaincy, CAFE, and CPR for a weekend leadership retreat at the Interfaith Center. In a diverse community like Tufts, we face many difficult dialogues regarding cultural differences, political perspectives, and religious identities when those intersecting identities do not correspond with the views of others. Join various student leaders and future leaders in learning how to approach these dialogues in order to create constructive conversations that help move the community forward in healthy, respectful, educational, and constructive ways. While we may not always agree, learning how to listen to and understand others’ perspectives, especially when our own personal beliefs differ strongly, will help us to learn and our community to deepen. Secure your spot by registering at Eventbrite.

Martin & Music
Performance featuring Gerald Rivers and Charles Holt
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m., Goddard Chapel, Reception following
Martin & Music is a groundbreaking stage production: Gerald Rivers, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sets ablaze the words, the authentic tone, and the life of one of the world’s greatest Civil Rights leaders and orators. Meanwhile Broadway performer and celebrated recording artist, Charles Holt, serves as narrator and vocalist in the magical trio of message, music, and story. The program will feature a riveting blend of powerful spoken words and speeches with a delicate and reflective and inspiring thread of music and narrative. Presented by the Office of the President, the University Chaplaincy, and the Africana Center.

Academic Year 2012-2013

Chaplain’s Table

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Noontime Concerts

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Roundtable Discussions

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Spring 2013:

Singing for Sudan

Presented by the University Chaplaincy and the Africana Center

January 26, 2013

A Concert to Benefit Yida Refugee Camp

“Hunger is a Civil Rights Issue” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

The Chapel was alive last Saturday night at our benefit concert to help raise awareness and money for the Yida Refugee Camp in Sudan.  Attended by over 100 people, students from some of Tufts’ a cappella groups including the Jackson Jills, Ladies of Essence, and S-Factor, as well as soloist Barbara Florvil and Fletcher School student Patrick Kabanda, gave beautiful, heartfelt and moving performances.  The Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, humanitarian and a Sudan activist, spoke to us and gave us a clear window into the life of a Sudanian refugee.  Her words were inspirational and sobering.

The event was co-sponsored by the Africana Center, the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim Chaplains, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the Office of Intercultural & Social Identities Program, the Peace & Justice, Studies Program, and the Tisch College of Active Citizenship and Public Service.

We are very thankful for all who participated in making this concert a success and helping us to raise $3000.


 The Jackson Jills

 The Ladies of Essence

Interfaith Center Photography Opening

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4-5:30 pm

Tufts Photography Team Featuring Alonso Nichols


Roundtable Discussion: Harpreet Singh, Tufts University, Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine

February 5, 2013, 6 – 7:30 pm, Interfaith Center

“Being a Sikh – Facing Religious Stereotypes”


Chaplain’s Table: “Just Peace”

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 5-7 pm

Mike Clark, Co-Pastor – United Methodist Church Belmont/Watertown – “Experiences of Non-Violent Activism”

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5-7 PM

Nicholas Matiasz, E’10, ’12 – Member of Buddhist Sangha at Tufts – “Being Peace”

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 5-7 pm

Lynn Cooper, Catholic Chaplain – “The Catholic Church and the Peace Movement”

March 7, 2013, 5-7 pm

Walker Bristol, A’14 – “Being a Peace Church & Conscientious Objection”
April 4, 2013, 5-7 pm

Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum, Hillel – “Relational Peace”

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5-7 pm

Katrina Moore, Africana Center and ISIP – “Getting to Reconciliation”

Russell Lecture 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7-8 pm, Goddard Chapel

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby


Thank you Sister Simone for a wonderfully enlightening and motivating lecture.  We all wish you and your Nuns on a Bus a great summer during your tour!

Noontime Concert

February 26, 2013, 12 pm, Goddard Chapel

Janet E. Hunt, Director of Music will play organ.

Free concert. All are welcome.

Shimenawa Tree Discussion

April 23, 2013, 5 pm, Goddard Chapel

Professor Charles Inouye

“Trees, Fractal, Structure, and the Post-Human”

Noontime Concert

April 30, 2013, 12 pm, Goddard Chapel

Yoshinor Nagashima, Fletcher

Installation of the Beech Tree Outside Ballou Hall near the Cannon

April 30, 2013, 1 pm

Prof. Charles Inouye & the Shinenawa Tree





End-of-Year Student Celebration

May 2, 2013, Interfaith Center

The University Chaplaincy celebrates with students from our religious and philosophical organizations who have participated in the Chaplaincy throughout the year.  The Chaplaincy recognizes and thanks these students for their efforts and celebrates their successes. Please click on the link to see some pictures: End of Year – 2013(2)

Fall 2012:

A-Caroling We Went

The Tufts Carolers were out in force on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, stopping at a few locations on campus, spreading Christmas song and cheer.  Thank you for all who participated and who encouraged our humble group.  We hope you enjoyed it.  Merry Christmas.

Chaplains Table

   On October 4, 2012, Associate Professor Kelly Gallagher, from the Fletcher School, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on Religion and the Presidential Election: Major Ethical Issues, on her topic: “Climate and the Enviorment and the Presidential Election”.  It was a wonderful perspective and was well received and appreciated.

  On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Reverend James Shaughnessy, who is the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts Medical Center, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on Religion and the Presidential Election: Major Ethical Issues, on his topic: “The Presidential Election and the Ethics of Healthcare”.  It was a well-attended event and very informative and thought-provoking.  Thank you Rev. Shaughnessy and all who attended for their participation in our program.

  On October 25, 2012, Rev. Patricia Budd Kepler, University Chaplain ad Interim spoke on her topic: “The Presidential Election and Feminist Issues”.  The conversation was thought provoking and sincere.

  On Thursday, November 1, 2012, Dr. John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, spoke on the topic: “Racial and Ethnic Issues in the Presidential Election”.

   On November 8, 2012, George Scarlett, Senior Lecturer in Child Development, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on the topic: “Democratic Education: Educating Children to be Citizens for a Just, Caring and Inclusive Society”.  The discussion was well received and attended.


Naila Baloch       On November 15, 2012, Naila Baloch, Tufts Muslim Chaplain, lead a panel discussion entitled: “International Student Perspectives on the Presidential Election”.

Jeffrey Summit  On November 29, 2012, Tufts Jewish Chaplain and Executive Director of Tufts Hillel Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, spoke on the topic: “Individual Values and National Policies”.

Parents Weekend Ecumenical Prayer Service

During Parents Weekend this past weekend, Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper and Protestant Chaplain Rachael Pettengill-Rasure held their first Parents Weekend Ecumenical Prayer Service at 11 am Sunday morning.  The service was well attended and many parents expressed gratitude regarding the beautiful, thoughtful service.

Lynn & Rachael-10’12


Thanks for Giving Celebration

The University Chaplaincy hosted a celebration in which students thanked university faculty and staff for their support throughout the year.  The following images capture this successful evening.

  University Chaplaincy thanks Mail Services

  Tufts Christian Fellowship thanks TUPD

   Protestant Student Association thanks Joan Puglia from Student Services


   Hindu Student Group thanks TUPD


   Conversation, Action, Faith & Education (C.A.F.E.) thankis John Vic


   Rev. Patricia Budd Kepler, University Chaplain ad Interim, with members from the Athletic Department and Grounds Department

   Latter Day Saints Students Association thanks Dining Services & Mail Services

  Annemarie Ferraro and Carol Ellis

   Members from C.A.F.E. and Tisch Library


Round Table Discussion

November 27, 2012 at the Interfaith Center, the University Chaplaincy and C.A.F.E. (Conversation, Action, Faith & Education) co-hosted a dinner discussion regarding “Sex and Soul”.  It was well attended and a very honest, open discussion.  Thank you to all who attended.