Programs & Services

Bach Organ Concert
Tuesday, March 25, 8 pm, Goddard Chapel
In honor of J.S. Bach’s birthday in late March, Tufts University Chaplaincy Organist Dr. Janet Hunt will present an informative concert of organ music. Dr. Hunt will perform a variety of works by Bach as well as compositions by his predecessors and contemporaries to show the influence they had on the great Baroque master. All are welcome. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact


Lily Glidden Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6 pm, President’s Lawn Beech Tree (Rain Site: Goddard Chapel)
The Tufts family was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a beloved alumna, Lily Glidden AS ’12, who was a biology major, outdoor educator, and wildlife researcher who died accidentally while visiting a national park in Thailand. Members of the campus community and friends and colleagues of Lily will gather for a candlelight vigil to honor her life by the beech tree she loved so much. For more information or support please contact the University Chaplaincy.

Difficult Dialogues Leadership Retreat 
Friday-Saturday, February 7-8, 2014, 7:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop Street)
Sponsored by the University Chaplaincy, CAFÉ, and a new interfaith effort called CPR, this retreat is intended to help student leaders from different communities think about what healthy dialogue would mean at Tufts and consider and practice some of the skills that would make for healthy dialogue. We will begin with dinner, reflection  and community building on Friday night and will reconvene on Saturday for a presentation by a leader from the dialogue organization Seeds of Peace, followed by interactive workshops. We will conclude by thinking about next steps for fostering more healthy dialogue at Tufts and how to lead in creating a culture of healthy dialogue. Opportunities for yoga and meditation will also be available. To sign up please visit:

“A Rabbi, a Minister, and Four Big Questions”
Tuesdays, February 11 and 25, March 4 and 11, 2014, 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 by February 4 to To learn more about our approach visit:

Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Service
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Noon, Goddard Chapel

Russell Lecture
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8 pm, Goddard Chapel

Good Friday Ecumenical Service
Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:10 pm, Goddard Chapel

Multifaith Baccalaureate Celebration
Saturday, May 17, 3 pm, 2014, Gancher Center

Ongoing Opportunities:

Interfaith Student Council
This is the main Medford/Somerville campus student advisory and programming board to the University Chaplain. It is composed of Interfaith Representatives (or their proxies) from all of the religious and philosophical communities on campus. It meets weekly during term. For more information, please contact the University Chaplain.

CAFE (Conversation, Action, Faith and Education)
CAFE is a student organization that grew out of the University Chaplaincy’s Pre-Orientation program CAFE. It is a forum for religious, philosophical, interfaith, and inter-belief system conversation, learning, and action. It promotes discussion of cultures, politics, and religions and strives to dig deeper than mere tolerance, aiming for a deep pluralism that requires mutual understanding, engagement, and the holding of strong convictions in relationship. It meets every other week during term for lively conversation and is open to all students.

Past Programs:

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.

The Road to Freedom and Justice: Celebrating the Lives and Legacies of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Nelson Mandela
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6 pm, Goddard Chapel

Annual Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 4:30 pm, Goddard Chapel
The Tufts University Chaplaincy is pleased to present its annual Holiday Concert featuring singing by the Tufts Concert Choir led by Dr. Jamie Kirsch of the Music Department. The concert will also include singing by the staff ensemble Tufts Sings!, a piano performance by David Brittan, and various organ and piano pieces performed by Chaplaincy Music Director Dr. Janet Hunt. It will conclude with an opportunity for all to sing carols as the tree is lighted near Ballou Hall, and then return to the chapel for a reception of warm cider, hot chocolate, and cookies in  celebration of the season. All are welcome. For more information please contact or 617-627-3427.

Transgender Faith Leaders Panel
Monday, December 2, 2013, Noon, Goddard Chapel

“We Have Faith” LGBTQ Faith Leaders Speak Out Photo Exhibit
Friday, November 15-Friday, December 6, 2013, Interfaith and LGBT Centers

A Lecture by Chris Stedman
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 pm, Goddard Chapel

Halloween Midnight Organ Recital
Thursday, October 31, 2013, Midnight, Goddard Chapel

Pauline Yang Piano Concert
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8 pm, Goddard Chapel

Being Muslim in America Conference
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 9 am, Fletcher School

Tufts Community Day Goddard Chapel Welcome and Organ Recital
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 1 pm, Goddard Chapel

University Chaplaincy Fall Open House
Monday, September 16, 2013, 5 pm, Interfaith Center