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Spring 2022 Events and Weekly Gatherings

Our events, weekly gatherings, and buildings are open to all Tufts community members. You are most welcome, just as you are.

For more information about all events and gatherings, please select the community of interest below; you can connect with the chaplain with any questions, or University Chaplaincy program manager Nora Bond with any questions. In Spring 2022, Goddard Chapel is open weekdays from 9am-5pm, and Sundays from 12pm-9pm. The Interfaith Center is open 11am-3pm on weekdays. Please note, this is subject to change and chaplain availability differs; 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!

Spring 2022 Events

Annual MLK Pre-Celebration Lunch
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Pre-Celebration Virtual lunch
Friday, January 21, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Join Rev. Carrington Moore, Director of Community Organizing at King Boston, for an interactive discussion about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermon, "A Knock at Midnight," in which this year's excerpt on the bread of hope, faith and love is found. Rev. Moore will offer theological and pastoral perspectives both on this sermon and on King as preacher and activist.  No preparation is required, but if you would like to read the sermon, or listen to a 1962 recording of King preaching the sermon, the link may be found here. We look forward to a reflective and engaging conversation as we prepare for our Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. Day of Celebration on January 26. Please find more information and register for the event here. 
Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Celebration 
Wednesday, January 26, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., held virtually 
 
Save the date for the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Celebration. This year’s theme, Quest for the Bread of Love: Radical Community Care is based on the 1962 speech, “A Knock at Midnight” wherein Rev. Dr. King proclaims: “When you stop hoping, you’re dying...in the midst of this hopeless men and women reach out for the bread of hope. Then, that is the quest for the bread of love.” The event will orient the Tufts community to the commitment that both Rev. Dr. King and Coretta Scott King shared to deep care of one another, self, and community in the midst of the quest for justice and transformation. Please register for the event and find more information on our website. Please email University Chaplaincy program manager Nora Bond with any questions or accessibility needs.
MLK Day of Community Action
MLK Day of Community Action
Saturday, January 29, 2022, Time to be announced
Students are invited to save the date for the annual Day of Community Action, formerly called Day of Service. The Interfaith Ambassadors and University Chaplaincy are honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through full day of reflection and action with local community organizations. We will advertise more information, and please reach out to University Chaplaincy program coordinator Shelby Carpenter with any questions.

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 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 and Thursdays 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. This semester, Sangha will meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons for meditation followed by discussion, and on Wednesday evenings for meditation and Buddhist studies. Please connect with Buddhist Chaplain Ji Hyang Padma for more information. All are welcome.

 

Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Weekly Meditation: Buddhist Studies
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.  - 8:00 p.m. at the Interfaith Center

Weekly Meditation and Buddhist Studies on a range of topics.

 

Catholic

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

Each week we gather each week around word and table for Sunday night mass. 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.

Hindu

Weekly Hindu Student Council Meeting
Tuesdays 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 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, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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.

Remaining Dates:

  • Jan 21
  • Feb 4
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • April 29
Humanist

Humanist Community at Tufts Weekly Gathering
Fridays, 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 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Goddard Chapel Lobby

Tufts COFFEE (Community OF Faith Exploration and Engagement) is the student interfaith coalition at Tufts University with the goal of promoting constructive conversations about faith and identity between people of different backgrounds to promote action for peace and the common good. 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. 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

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

Join us for Friday Prayers from 1:15pm - 2pm at the Interfaith Center (58 Winthrop Street). We will listen to the Friday sermon and perform the Jummah salaat in congregation. 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. 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. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please email Rev. Dan at Daniel.Bell@tufts.edu.

 

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.