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Anthony Cruz Pantojas

Humanist Chaplain

Education:

M.T.S., Andover Newton Theological School

Biography:

Anthony Cruz Pantojas, M.T.S. (they/he/elles) is pleased to be the Humanist Chaplain at Tufts University. They joined the University Chaplaincy team in August 2021. In this capacity, Anthony supports the development and sustainability of ethical inquiry through co-constructed projects with the campus community. They earned a Masters in Theological Studies from Andover Newton Theological School.

Anthony currently works with Faith in the Vaccine, a program under the auspices of the Interfaith Youth Core. During the summer of 2021, Anthony worked with youth community leaders to inform marginalized communities about the significance of the COVID-19 vaccine and to curate resources that address social stigma. With Faith in the Vaccine, Anthony focuses on vaccine hesitancy, as well as spearheading projects promoting civic engagement and critical consciousness through action research and narrative methodologies.

As an extension of his community-based work, Anthony is also a Dignity Project Mentor for the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for lnterreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology. They are also a member of the Clergy Collective Task Force at The Susquehanna Valley Ethical Society. Anthony also serves as the Co-Chair of the Latinx Humanist Alliance. As a Youth Fellow for We Got Us, a grassroots collective supporting Black community members and allies, Anthony facilitates trainings on medical racism, activism, and research.

Anthony spent most of my life traversing between Puerto Rico and the mainland. They had an opportunity to grow in an environment where Afro based religions and spiritual traditions, Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, other faiths and non-theist traditions seek to coexist and support a democratic and progressive ethos for all.

As an endorsed Humanist Celebrant and Associate Chaplain by The Humanist Society, Anthony works at the intersection of ethics, constructive theologies, and decolonial orientations to culture to understand the human condition. Their queer Afro-Boricua identity also deeply informs their engagement with ethics and relationality.

Anthony is an avid reader and tries not to get too engrossed in too many technical texts. When not thinking about theology, culture, and society, or existential questions, they enjoy a strong brew of Café Bustelo with a dash of honey. They are also curious about self-care practices that are not overly commercialized. Anthony looks forward to working with the incredible community at Tufts.