Education: M.Div. Harvard University B.A. Tufts University
Lynn Cooper A02, was appointed Catholic Chaplain in 2008. Since then Lynn has served the spiritual and sacramental needs of our diverse campus community. Lynn seeks to serve those who are united in Catholic life and worship, those who are attracted to the Catholic faith, and the larger Tufts community. Pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, retreats, study groups, and prayer groups extend this ministry to the many dimensions of the lives of students and others in the university community. Availability and presence for students in times of crisis, personal loss, and other difficulties is a priority of this ministry. Lynn also welcomes the opportunities to participate in the academic study of religion and exploration of ethical issues on all Tufts campuses.
As an undergraduate, she lived as a devoted Jumbo with one foot in the world of the Department of Religion and the other in Athletics with the Women’s Soccer Team. Her experience at Tufts changed her understanding of what it means to really be church.
Lynn holds a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry at Boston University School of Theology.
At BU, Lynn is exploring how the Catholic religious imagination and sacramental living might help break open the demands of university life. She wonders how we might support a campus culture that encourages reverence for the body, attentiveness to the spirit and an orientation towards the holy in our midst. She’s also passionate about technology use (techno-hygene) and how our devices may be better utilized as doorways to the sacred.
Her spouse, Andrew, is a Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain. Together they delight in their little tyke, Rory. If becoming a mom has taught her anything it is that spirituality can thrive in the mucky, messy and mundane.