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Humanist Chaplain Walker Bristol, A14

Welcome from the Humanist Chaplain

Tufts is a unique and exciting place to explore your experience of something greater than yourself--whether that’s the calling of nature, the spirit of justice, or a sense of the divine. We are home to the only university-funded Humanist Chaplaincy in the United States, and because of this, students who consider themselves non-religious, atheists, agnostics, or Humanists have a variety of ways to connect and reflect here. As the Humanist Chaplain, I get to meet you exactly where you are in your journey of making-meaning with your spiritual and philosophical identities. 

Here, you will learn more about our community and hear from the students who make this community so thoughtful, caring, and joyful. I am looking forward to connecting with you and joining you on your philosophical journey--wherever it may take you! Sign up for our elist to hear about all our upcoming events! I can always be reached at Follow this link to learn more about weekly gatherings.


Walker Bristol, A14

Humanist Chaplain

At the Tufts Humanist Chaplaincy, we support community members who don't identify with traditional religion, but still want the kind of support, resources, and programming the University Chaplaincy offers. The Humanist Chaplain provides individual counseling to members of the Tufts community, no matter their background, and facilitates small groups and larger programs on campus.



Welcome from the Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT)

John Lazur, A22

I am a rising junior this year and a member of the Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT). I grew up in Minneapolis, MN attending a Unitarian Universalist Humanist congregation regularly, and, though I rarely considered Humanism a core part of my identity, this religious and philosophical upbringing shaped my worldview in lasting ways. I was welcomed into the Tufts community by the University Chaplaincy and Walker Bristol within the first weeks of being on campus, and I quickly found a supportive, dynamic, and expansive home in the Humanist Community at Tufts. The end-of-semester Solstice celebrations have become particularly poignant rituals for me, and they embody the dedication to communal reflection and meaning-making that is so integral to my Humanist worldview.

The Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT) is the TCU-affiliated student group connected with the Humanist Chaplaincy. Some members of HCAT would consider themselves non-religious, others would not--the purpose of the community is to be accessible and safe for everyone, especially for those who haven't always felt that way in traditionally religious spaces. HCAT organizes community and service events in collaboration with the Humanist Chaplain throughout the year.

Please contact student leader Zoe Bair, A22 ( with any questions you have.


HCAT members on retreat in Fall 2019