The Africana Spirituality role came about, as with many emergent spheres of change, through student action and organizing. A response to the conditions of social injustice in society, when the spiritual care for students of African descent became apparent, Reverend Greg McGongle and Africana Center Director Katrina Moore initiated this role.
In March 2017 The Rev. Lambert Rahming joined the University Chaplaincy in the new position of Africana community associate. Rahming came to Tufts through a partnership with Sanctuary United Church of Christ in Medford, where he was the community minister.
With many students of African descent identifying as Christian, the work stemmed from a Black Christian group at Intervarsity and is blessed to continue to grow.
The University Chaplaincy sees this work as imperative to support students of African descent's holistic experience on campus. It is my honor to continue in this legacy.
In our nascent phases, It is my hope that we may grow an Africana Spirituality Council (ASC) to serve as our student e-board. This is for any students concerned with exploring their understanding of the life of Spirit, and purpose through an Africana spirituality lens. The time commitment is one hour/month. Here we reflect on the needs of ourself and our neighbors, the wisdom from our traditions and the offerings we may provide to meet our beloved community wherever they may be in their spiritual journey.
Benefits are: professional and spiritual development, resume building, and community organizing experience. You may sign up to express interest here. Applications close March 1, 2020.