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Fall 2022 Events and Weekly Gatherings

For more information about regular events and gatherings listed on the calendar below, please select the community of interest from the menu beneath. You can connect with the chaplain with any questions, or University Chaplaincy program manager Nora Bond. You can call the chapel at with any questions at 617-627-3427 or reach out to a chaplain individually. 

We hope to connect with you soon!

Weekly Gatherings 

Programs are generally in-person at Goddard Chapel or the Interfaith Center. 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 Chaplain. 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 the Interfaith Center.

Weekly Meditation hosted by the Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha. Through meditation we develop clarity, concentration, compassion and resiliency. All are welcome. Please connect with Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma for more information. The first meeting will be Monday, September 12.

 

Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Weekly Meditation: Buddhist Studies
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.  at the Interfaith Center

Weekly Meditation and Buddhist Studies on a range of topics. The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 7.

Buddhist Reading and Discussion Group

Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 1: 00 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

Weekly Meditation hosted by the Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha. Through meditation we develop clarity, concentration, compassion and resiliency. All are welcome. Please connect with Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma for more information. The first meeting will be Friday, September 9.

Catholic

 Roman Catholic Mass
Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at Goddard Chapel

Join us as we gather as a community around word and table, doing our best to celebrate each Sunday as a little Easter. This student-centered liturgy is a great opportunity for renewal and connectedness. All are welcome and as always, come as you are. Confession before or after mass. Contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper if you are interested or have any questions. The first Mass will be Sunday, September 4.

Sacraments Class
Every other Sunday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

Designed for both students who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation) and all who have already received but wish to go deep and re-encounter this central element of Catholic tradition. Class time will be spent in small group discussions, spiritual practice, engaging with art and music from different cultural contexts. Fall semester focuses on expanding our Sacramental Consciousness, inviting us to stay awake to the divine around us and reflecting on our already holy lives. Second semester will be devoted to exploring individual Sacraments of Initiation. All are welcome and as always, come as you are! The first session will be Sunday, September 25. Please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper if you are interested.

 

Hindu

Weekly Hindu Students Association Meeting
Tuesdays 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at Goddard Chapel

Members of the Tufts Hindu Students' Association 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. You can email Hindu Chaplain Preeta Banerjee for more information. You can email Hindu Chaplain Preeta Banerjee for more information. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 13.

“Autobiography of a Yogi" Reading and Discussion Group 2022-2023
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m, see dates below, at IFC lounge and via Zoom.   

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

  • Delineation and discussion of pertinent themes from each chapter
  • Current, contemporary life lessons from this important sacred story of a spiritual seeker
  • Opportunity for community building and making friends over lunch

The 10 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:

Fall: Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 18
Spring: Jan 27, Feb 10, March 3, April 7, April 28
Humanist

Humanist Community at Tufts Weekly Gathering
Sundays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 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 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Goddard Chapel Lobby

Tufts COFFEE (Community of Faith Exploration and Engagement) is the interfaith student coalition at Tufts with the goal of hosting constructive conversations about faith and identity between people of different backgrounds. We aim to promote dialogue among those of varying identities and experiences (from devotional to nonreligious to philosophical) to facilitate the construction of a pluralistic community. "Faith without action is empty," however, so COFFEE also seeks to connect students to social justice opportunities and organizations through activism. For more information join our COFEE Facebook group. The first gathering will be Monday, September 12.

Interfaith Student Council (ISC) 
Wednesdays, 6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. at the Mayer Campus Center
The Interfaith Student Council is a community of student leaders representing different Religious and Philosophical Student Organizations and our greater multifaith network at Tufts. This community meets weekly, sharing a meal together and going deep to build meaningful relationships. Throughout the academic year, the ISC explores the foundations of intentional interfaith engagement, focusing on empathy, active listening, storytelling, expressions of hospitality and co-creating one campus-wide program a semester.  Past year's offerings have included the Food and Faith community dinner and the Sowing and Growing planting/reflection session on the steps of Goddard Chapel. If you are interested in being an ISC Rep or an At-Large-Member of ISC, please contact Associate Director Lynn Cooper.
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

 Jummah Prayers

Fridays, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. at the Interfaith Center

Please join us for the Friday Prayer Service, open to all. The sermon begins at 1:15 followed by the prayer. Please reach out to Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar with any questions.

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.

 

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. We also have "Dinner Church" programs on occasion and other special services throughout the year. 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. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please email Rev. Dan at Daniel.Bell@tufts.edu.

 

 

Protestant - Non-denominational
C. Stacey Woods Weekly Meetings
Thursdays, 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM at Campus Center Room 203.
Come join for a time of fellowship and the Word on our Thursday night bible study. We will be exploring different passages and reflecting on how it relates to us in the present. We will be at CC 203 between 7:00 PM- 8:30 p.m.