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Academic Year 2012-2013

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Fall 2012

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Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Roundtable Discussions

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Spring 2013

Spring 2013:

Singing for Sudan

Presented by the University Chaplaincy and the Africana Center

January 26, 2013

A Concert to Benefit Yida Refugee Camp

“Hunger is a Civil Rights Issue” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

The Chapel was alive last Saturday night at our benefit concert to help raise awareness and money for the Yida Refugee Camp in Sudan.  Attended by over 100 people, students from some of Tufts’ a cappella groups including the Jackson Jills, Ladies of Essence, and S-Factor, as well as soloist Barbara Florvil and Fletcher School student Patrick Kabanda, gave beautiful, heartfelt and moving performances.  The Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, humanitarian and a Sudan activist, spoke to us and gave us a clear window into the life of a Sudanian refugee.  Her words were inspirational and sobering.

The event was co-sponsored by the Africana Center, the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim Chaplains, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the Office of Intercultural & Social Identities Program, the Peace & Justice, Studies Program, and the Tisch College of Active Citizenship and Public Service.

We are very thankful for all who participated in making this concert a success and helping us to raise $3000.


 The Jackson Jills

 The Ladies of Essence

Interfaith Center Photography Opening

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4-5:30 pm

Tufts Photography Team Featuring Alonso Nichols


Roundtable Discussion: Harpreet Singh, Tufts University, Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine

February 5, 2013, 6 – 7:30 pm, Interfaith Center

“Being a Sikh – Facing Religious Stereotypes”


Chaplain’s Table: “Just Peace”

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 5-7 pm

Mike Clark, Co-Pastor – United Methodist Church Belmont/Watertown – “Experiences of Non-Violent Activism”

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5-7 PM

Nicholas Matiasz, E’10, ’12 – Member of Buddhist Sangha at Tufts – “Being Peace”

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 5-7 pm

Lynn Cooper, Catholic Chaplain – “The Catholic Church and the Peace Movement”

March 7, 2013, 5-7 pm

Walker Bristol, A’14 – “Being a Peace Church & Conscientious Objection”
April 4, 2013, 5-7 pm

Rabbi Kerrith Rosenbaum, Hillel – “Relational Peace”

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5-7 pm

Katrina Moore, Africana Center and ISIP – “Getting to Reconciliation”

Russell Lecture 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7-8 pm, Goddard Chapel

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby


Thank you Sister Simone for a wonderfully enlightening and motivating lecture.  We all wish you and your Nuns on a Bus a great summer during your tour!

Noontime Concert

February 26, 2013, 12 pm, Goddard Chapel

Janet E. Hunt, Director of Music will play organ.

Free concert. All are welcome.

Shimenawa Tree Discussion

April 23, 2013, 5 pm, Goddard Chapel

Professor Charles Inouye

“Trees, Fractal, Structure, and the Post-Human”

Noontime Concert

April 30, 2013, 12 pm, Goddard Chapel

Yoshinor Nagashima, Fletcher

Installation of the Beech Tree Outside Ballou Hall near the Cannon

April 30, 2013, 1 pm

Prof. Charles Inouye & the Shinenawa Tree





End-of-Year Student Celebration

May 2, 2013, Interfaith Center

The University Chaplaincy celebrates with students from our religious and philosophical organizations who have participated in the Chaplaincy throughout the year.  The Chaplaincy recognizes and thanks these students for their efforts and celebrates their successes. Please click on the link to see some pictures: End of Year – 2013(2)

Fall 2012:

A-Caroling We Went

The Tufts Carolers were out in force on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, stopping at a few locations on campus, spreading Christmas song and cheer.  Thank you for all who participated and who encouraged our humble group.  We hope you enjoyed it.  Merry Christmas.

Chaplains Table

   On October 4, 2012, Associate Professor Kelly Gallagher, from the Fletcher School, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on Religion and the Presidential Election: Major Ethical Issues, on her topic: “Climate and the Enviorment and the Presidential Election”.  It was a wonderful perspective and was well received and appreciated.

  On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Reverend James Shaughnessy, who is the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts Medical Center, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on Religion and the Presidential Election: Major Ethical Issues, on his topic: “The Presidential Election and the Ethics of Healthcare”.  It was a well-attended event and very informative and thought-provoking.  Thank you Rev. Shaughnessy and all who attended for their participation in our program.

  On October 25, 2012, Rev. Patricia Budd Kepler, University Chaplain ad Interim spoke on her topic: “The Presidential Election and Feminist Issues”.  The conversation was thought provoking and sincere.

  On Thursday, November 1, 2012, Dr. John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, spoke on the topic: “Racial and Ethnic Issues in the Presidential Election”.

   On November 8, 2012, George Scarlett, Senior Lecturer in Child Development, spoke at our Chaplain’s Table on the topic: “Democratic Education: Educating Children to be Citizens for a Just, Caring and Inclusive Society”.  The discussion was well received and attended.


Naila Baloch       On November 15, 2012, Naila Baloch, Tufts Muslim Chaplain, lead a panel discussion entitled: “International Student Perspectives on the Presidential Election”.

Jeffrey Summit  On November 29, 2012, Tufts Jewish Chaplain and Executive Director of Tufts Hillel Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, spoke on the topic: “Individual Values and National Policies”.

Parents Weekend Ecumenical Prayer Service

During Parents Weekend this past weekend, Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper and Protestant Chaplain Rachael Pettengill-Rasure held their first Parents Weekend Ecumenical Prayer Service at 11 am Sunday morning.  The service was well attended and many parents expressed gratitude regarding the beautiful, thoughtful service.

Lynn & Rachael-10’12


Thanks for Giving Celebration

The University Chaplaincy hosted a celebration in which students thanked university faculty and staff for their support throughout the year.  The following images capture this successful evening.

  University Chaplaincy thanks Mail Services

  Tufts Christian Fellowship thanks TUPD

   Protestant Student Association thanks Joan Puglia from Student Services


   Hindu Student Group thanks TUPD


   Conversation, Action, Faith & Education (C.A.F.E.) thankis John Vic


   Rev. Patricia Budd Kepler, University Chaplain ad Interim, with members from the Athletic Department and Grounds Department

   Latter Day Saints Students Association thanks Dining Services & Mail Services

  Annemarie Ferraro and Carol Ellis

   Members from C.A.F.E. and Tisch Library


Round Table Discussion

November 27, 2012 at the Interfaith Center, the University Chaplaincy and C.A.F.E. (Conversation, Action, Faith & Education) co-hosted a dinner discussion regarding “Sex and Soul”.  It was well attended and a very honest, open discussion.  Thank you to all who attended.