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.
Regular Weekly Gatherings During the Semester
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.
Multifaith Gathering for Peace
Wednesdays starting January 17, 2024, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., Goddard Chapel
Please join the University Chaplaincy in our weekly Multifaith Gathering for Peace. All members of the Tufts community—students, staff and faculty—are welcome to join members of the University Chaplaincy team for a weekly 30-minute multifaith gathering for peace. Our time together will include silence, candle lighting, music, reflections, and meditations from our different traditions. We look forward to sharing this space together as we navigate ongoing national and global crises and lift-up our individual and shared hopes for peace in ourselves, others and our world. Please contact the University Chaplaincy if you have any questions or concerns.
Goddard Chapel Choir Rehearsal
Thursdays, 12:10 PM- 1:10 PM at Goddard Chapel
First meeting of spring semester: Thursday, January 25
Do you love to sing? Spend your Thursday lunch hours singing with colleagues in our new Goddard Chapel Choir. All are welcome; no experience is necessary! The Goddard Chapel Choir is an interfaith, intergenerational choir whose membership is drawn from the entire Tufts community – graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and neighbors. We welcome experienced choral singers and people who are brand new to choral music. Supported by 4 strong choral scholars, we will rehearse weekly and perform a few pieces for some spring events. Director Suzie Cartreine is the Music Director of the University Chaplaincy, and has years of experience conducting choirs of all ages and abilities. If you can talk, you can sing! Bring your friends and colleagues and come check it out. For more information, or to sign up please contact Suzie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Mindfuleness with the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha 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
Weekly Meditation and Buddhist Studies with the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Wednesdays 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Goddard Chapel
Weekly Meditation and Buddhist Studies on a range of topics. Please connect with Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma for more information.
Dharma Dialogue with the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha
Fridays 12:00 p.m. - 1: 30 p.m. at Goddard Chapel
Dharma Dialogue: Meditation followed by dialogue centered upon a Dharma text, led by the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha. Meditation will generally take place 12- 12:30 PM, with dialogue running from 12:30- 1:30 PM. All are welcome. Please connect with Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma for more information.
Every other Sunday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Goddard Chapel
First meeting of Spring 2024 is Sunday, January 28.
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! Please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper if you are interested.
Sundays 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Goddard Chapel
Spring 2024 meetings will be Sunday, January 21 to April 28.
Our choir is made up of current students, alumni and community members. Practice takes place at 4:00 p.m., immediately preceding the 5:00 p.m. mass. All instruments are welcome and no singing experience required. Please contact Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper if you are interested.
Roman Catholic Mass
Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at Goddard Chapel
First meeting of Spring 2024 will be Sunday, January 21
Join us for mass where we celebrate every 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.
Weekly Hindu Students Association Meeting Mondays, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 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.
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m, see dates below, at Interfaith Center
Spring 2024 dates -- 1/26, 2/9, 3/1, 3/8, 4/5, 4/19
Undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome. Please email Hindu Chaplain Preeta Banerjee to receive access to the book. 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
Please join our discussions of the book "Pathways to Joy" and explore the fullness of yoga (beyond the asana practice found in most Western Yoga studios) where the root “yog” means to align/to unite. The author, Swami Vivekananda, introduced Hinduism to the West at the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions. While reading is not required, the book is provided, as well as lunch with prior RSVP. Meetings are in the IFC (58 Winthrop) and hybrid accommodations can also be requested.
Humanist Community at Tufts Weekly Gathering
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. at Goddard Chapel starting on 2/6/24
Join the Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT) for their weekly reflection and community practice, with Humanist Chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas.
COFFEE Interfaith Student Coalition Weekly Meetings Mondays, 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., see dates below, at Goddard Chapel, Spring 2024 dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, and 4/22.
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.
True Colors: An Interfaith Queer Crafts and Conversations Group
Spring 2024 Dates TBD
True Colors is an interfaith group for queer-identified students to talk about spirituality, religion, and whatever is on your minds and hearts. We meet for snacks, a crafting activity, and laid-back conversations hosted by Dan Bell, Tufts’ Protestant Chaplain. Join us for our fall meetings on the dates above. Email Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell to sign up for our e-list or ask any questions.
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.
Interfaith Ambassadors (IFA)
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Goddard Chapel
First meeting in Spring 2024 is Wednesday, January 17
Jummah Prayers Fridays, 1:15 p.m. at the Interfaith Center
First meeting for Spring 2024 is Friday, January 19
Jummah Prayers Fridays. 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. Please reach out to Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar with any questions.
Graduate Student MSA Gatherings at the Interfaith Center on 2/28 at 6:00 p.m., 3/28 at 6:30 p.m., and 4/23 at 6:00 p.m.
Monthly social and spiritual gathering for Muslim grad students. Join us for good food, conversation, and a spiritual boost! For details about Graduate Student gatherings, please email Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar.
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship is a pan-Orthodox organization for all interested in the Orthodox Faith. We will be hosting a wide variety of events this year, such as religious services on campus, discussion events/panels, and community-building fun.
We hold these ~45 minute prayer services roughly twice a month on campus with Fr. Anthony, our spiritual advisor. All are welcome! Here are the dates for the Spring 2024 semester:
Friday 2/9 6pm
Friday 2/23 6pm
Friday 3/8 6pm
Friday 3/29 5:15pm
Friday 4/12 5:15pm
Friday 4/26 6pm
Discussions, Speaker Events, Community Service, Social Events
Join our email list to stay up to date! We host 2-3 other events per month, communicated mainly through the email list.
The Breakfast Club: Faculty/Staff Bible Study and Prayer Group
Wednesdays, 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. ET on Zoom
First meeting for Spring 2024 is Wednesday, January 17
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 Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell.
Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Campus Center Room 218
We will reflect on stories of God calling people in the Hebrew Bible, and how those stories can help us to better hear God’s call to us today. Email Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell to learn more. All students are welcome, regardless of background or identity. Dinner is provided!
First meeting for Spring 2024 is Sunday, January 21
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 Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell.
C. Stacey Woods Weekly Meetings
Monday 8-9:30 pm in Campus Center Room 218 starting Feb 5 and Thursday 6-7:30 pm in Campus Center Room 220 starting Feb 2.
A BIPOC student-led Christian ministry. Group meets for devotion and fellowship time Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Campus Center Room 218. For more information, please email email@example.com.