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Fall 2021 Events and Weekly Gatherings

Our events and weekly gatherings are open to all Tufts community members. You are most welcome, just as you are.  If you are interested in creating a new program with us, please email us at chaplaincy@tufts.edu. If you have any questions, please contact program manager Nora Bond. For more information about all events and gatherings, see below. Please note we are updating the weekly gatherings as we confirm information; you can always email the respective chaplain, or Nora Bond with questions.

Fall 2021 Events

Divided We Fall: Film Discussion with the University Chaplaincy

Wednesday, September 15, 12pm-1pm ET, Virtual

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the University Chaplaincy invites you to a community discussion on the documentary Divided We Fall, a film by civil rights lawyer and activist Valarie Kaur.  The film documents the stories if people of color, especially Sikh Americans, in the aftermath of 9/11 and has been re-released for this year for the anniversary of the national tragedy. University Chaplaincy staff will host a virtual discussion based on the 90 minute documentary, which you can find linked below. Kaur will be our Russell Lecturer this spring for our annual speaker series, and we look forward to welcoming her and her message of revolutionary love to campus in March 2022. You can find all the details, and the link to film below. As part of the University Chaplaincy’s observance, the chapel bells will toll on Saturday, September 11 in honor of lives lost and effected that day. Please register here.

View the film online before the event here. Join via Zoom on Wednesday, September 15.

Hybrid Night Prayer and Game Night w/the Protestant Chaplaincy

Wednesday, September 22, 8:45pm-9:45pm ET, Austin Conference Room, Tisch Library (Visual Option)

Pray, reflect, and hang out online or in-person with Protestant Students Association and alumni. All are welcome!

Hosted by Tufts University Protestant Chaplaincy. Contact Chaplain Dan Bell, Daniel.Bell@tufts.edu. Join in person or via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22.

Discern your Calling GIM w/the Protestant Chaplaincy

Sunday, September 19, 6pm ET, Goddard Chapel

Discern your calling and discover your purpose over Sugar and Spice dinner with Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell.

Hosted by Tufts University Protestant Chaplain, Dan Bell, Daniel.Bell@tufts.edu. Join the general interest meeting in person on Sunday, September 19.

Weekly Gatherings 

We are updating this section for Fall 2021; if you do not see an update date in the section, this information reflects the Spring 2021 programming.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the chaplain  listed, or contact program manager Nora Bond.

Africana Spirituality

There are no gatherings currently scheduled for this community, as we prepare to hire an Africana Spirituality Advisor. All students can reach out to University Chaplain Rev. Elyse Nelson Winger for questions, concerns, and support.

Buddhist

Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Weekly Meditation

Mondays 12:00 p.m. - 1: 00 p.m. at Tufts Interfaith Center

Weekly Meditation hosted by the Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha. Through meditation we develop clarity, concentration, compassion and resiliency. All are welcome.

 

Mid-day Mindfulness with the Buddhist Chaplain

Tuesdays 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Virtually

Please access the program virtually through this Zoom link.

 

Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Weekly Meditation: Buddhist Studies

Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.  - 8 p.m. at Tufts Interfaith Center

Weekly Meditation and Buddhist Studies on a range of topics.

 

Catholic

Catholic Mass Gathering
Sundays 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Hillel Tent (tent in the Miller parking lot, through September) and then at Goddard Chapel

All are welcome as we gather around word and table each week at Sunday evening mass. Our joyous celebration is a chance to begin the week anew, to learn from one another and to BE the Body of Christ.

Confession before or after mass.

Catholic Spirituality Hour
Wednesdays, 7 pm. - 8 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

This mid-week gathering is a chance to pause and reflect. Each week, our Chaplain, Lynn Cooper, invites students to experiment with different kinds of spiritual practices. Last year's practices included praying the psalms, letter writing, collage, deep breathing, contemplation, imaginative prayer, poetry, Lectio/Visio Divina. Perhaps you have a practice that has been meaningful in your life. Please consider sharing it! We would love to learn from and with you.

Please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper with any questions.

Be-Friend 

Be-Friend: Interfaith Friendship Program for Spring 2021

“Friendship is intimate and ordinary. It can also be revolutionary.”  - Dana Robert 

In this acute moment, building and nourishing relationships is vital to good health and wellbeing. This 9-week interfaith friendship project is designed for staff and faculty pairs or student pairs to go deep and to talk about the things that matter like our values, our sense of purpose, and our questions about life. You will hone the skill of active listening while experimenting with shared spiritual practices from different religious and philosophical traditions. Participants will be paired in dyads and will commit to spending an hour together each week (virtually) as well as an extra half hour in private reflection. Please note, faculty and staff will be paired with other faculty and staff members, and students will be paired with fellow students. Several of our multi-faith chaplains have contributed to the program, offering a diverse array of spiritual practices, including meditation exercises, listening to music, deep reading—of poetry, art, the world, our lives and one another. You can download the flyer here. Everyone - everyone! - is welcome to participate, and your presence is warmly anticipated.

Contact Lynn.Cooper@tufts.edu if you are interested, have any questions, or are ready to sign up.

Hindu

Weekly Hindu Student Council Meeting
Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

Members of the Tufts Hindu Students' Council gather weekly to explore various aspects of Hinduism through presentations, discussions, and readings of sacred texts. Our meetings commence with a group meditation and culminate with 'aarti' and prayer. Special programs are also organized monthly, including guest speaker events, film screenings, trivia games, and art showcases. You can email Hindu Student Council Co-Presidents Sithara Nambiar and Nitya Nidgar or Advisor Preeta Banerjee for more information.

"Bhagavad Gita As It Is" Reading and Discussion Group
Fridays, 12 - 1 p.m, see dates below, at Mayer Campus Center Room 012 or via Zoom 

Undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome.  Our bi-weekly discussions will provide:

  • A chapter-by-chapter summary
  • Delineation and discussion of pertinent themes from each chapter
  • A plethora of current, contemporary life lessons from this historical epic

The 16 sessions are thought-provoking and interactive. If you cannot attend sessions in person, you can attend using the zoom link provided or schedule 1-1 meetings (preeta.banerjee@tufts.edu) to ask questions or catch up on missed sessions.  Please register for the group here.

Dates

  • Sept 17
  • Oct 1
  • Oct 15
  • Oct 29
  • Nov 12
  • Dec 3
  • Dec 10
  • Jan 14
  • Jan 28
  • Feb 11
  • Feb 25
  • March 11
  • March 25
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6
Humanist

Humanist Community at Tufts Weekly Gathering

Fridays, 5 p.m. - 6: p.m. at the Interfaith Center

Join the Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT) for their weekly reflection and community practice, with Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas.

Interfaith

COFFEE Interfaith Student Coalition Weekly Meetings
Every other Monday 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Goddard Chapel Lobby

Join COFFEE for our weekly discussions in Goddard Chapel! Students from every background are welcome for discussions on topics ranging from death, sexuality, to music. Enjoy snacks, some tea, and good discussion with students from all walks of life.  Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership.

Jewish - Chabad

For more information about Chabad and their regular gatherings, please visit the Chabad website.

Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership.  You can also register for their weekly gathering by visiting their website.

 

Jewish - Hillel

Please find more information about all Hillel events and gatherings at Tufts Hillel on Facebook and also on the Hillel website.  All are welcome.

 

Muslim

Muslim Student Association Events 

Friday, September 24, 1:15 - 2:00 p.m., at the Interfaith Center
Jummah Prayer with guest TBD
(no lunch)

Friday, October 1, 1:15-2:00 p.m. at the Interfaith Center
Jummah Prayer with Abubakr Fakhry
Lunch from 2:15- 3:15 p.m.

Please reach out to the Muslim Student Association community for more information.

 

 

Protestant - Mainline/Progressive

The Breakfast Club: Faculty/Staff Bible Study and Prayer Group
Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. ET

You are warmly invited to “The Breakfast Club,” a contemplative Bible study group for faculty and staff led by Tufts’ Protestant Chaplain, the Reverend Dan Bell. We gather every Wednesday morning over Zoom to check in, reflect on Scripture, and pray together. All Tufts faculty and staff are welcome to participate, regardless of faith background. Various Christian traditions are represented. Please feel free to have your breakfast as we meet, and step away when you need to.If you have questions or would like to learn more, please email Dan at Daniel.Bell@tufts.edu. Join Bible Study via Zoom here.

 

Protestant Evening Worship (P.E.W.)
Sundays during the Academic Year, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

Whoever you are, however you come, there is always room for you in the PEW.

Join the Protestant student community at Tufts for worship in prayer, song, preaching, and reflection. Chaplain Dan, a variety of guest preachers from different denominations, and students offer weekly messages to inspire and challenge one’s faith. We celebrate Communion once a month; all are welcome to receive. After each service, we we invite you to stay for snacks and community time. It’s always great to hang out and connect with fellow students before the start of a new week.

 

Protestant - Non-denominational

Large Group
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m ET

Sponsored by C. Stacey Woods Programming board, Tufts InterVarsity is holding a monthly Large Group series on the third Thursday of each month. Join us for a time of fun activities, worship, prayer, and hearing the Word in community. Our hope is to be a home for everyone at Tufts to experience joy, inclusion, and rest through Jesus.

For more information and updates, please visit our website.

This event meets once a month and in-person on the 3rd Thursday of each month: 9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16

 

Small Groups

Every week, we host a few small groups to cater to the different needs and hopes of our community. In this space, we will check-in with one another and dive straight into scripture to discuss how Jesus' life shapes and re-shapes each of our lives, our communities, and the world.

For more information about our various small group spaces and meeting times, please visit our website.

Tufts University Unitarian Universalists (TU3)

Community Gathering
Wednesdays, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Goddard Chapel Lobby

Join the Unitarian Universalist community on Wednesday evenings for a light-hearted gathering. Whether you grew up in a UU congregation or are curious what "UU" means, you are welcome in this space. We will drink tea, enjoy some snacks, check-in with one another, and enjoy a moment of rest during the week.  Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership.