Wherever you may be, the Africana Spirituality Chaplaincy (ASC) welcomes you as you are. It has been a year full of learning and growth, as the Africana Spirituality Chaplaincy completed its first year in this nascent cycle. Rooted in our rich legacy—past, present and future—there are many growing offerings that serve all who are exploring and interested in Africana Spiritual life and traditions. Here we affirm the rituals of music, song and dance that shape both Afro-indigenous and Afro-diasporic traditions and collaborate with different campus partners at the Africana Center, Music Department, Tisch College, and Race, Colonialism and Diaspora department to offer programming that is grounded in our spiritual practices.
Some key features are the annual MLK symposium, the annual Unlearning Retreat partnered with the Hindu Chaplaincy, and ongoing spaces for ritual ceremonies. Last year, we grew with our Africana Spirituality Advisor, and are eager to welcome a new Africana Spirituality Chaplain to build upon that foundation.
You are invited to visit the resources page to connect with community practitioners. As we enter this season of newness and possibility we are eager to know you in your fullness, curiosity, and complexity. May peace, joy, compassion and love surround you in your steps.
“Performing for the MLK symposium this January was like being handed a key that would eventually unlock the door to a path filled with joy, self-discovery, and self-love. Lifting the voices ofmy ancestors and past Black Jumbos as I sang, I could feel their strength, wisdom, talent, and knowledge within me. The Africana Spirituality Chaplaincy has given me the richest and most impactful experiences of my entire Tufts journey. I have been given the emotional space and opportunity to ask questions of myself that I never would have known to ask, to connect my artistry with my humanity, and most importantly, to discover and accept who I am.” — Harrison Clark, A22