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Spring 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. For the Spring 2021 semester, all programming is virtual. f 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 and Zoom links, please see the details below.

Spring 2021 Events

Opening of “Many Voices: A Community Display of Grief, Hope, and Action”

Celebrate the Opening of “Many Voices: A Community Display of Grief, Hope, and Action” 

Wednesday, April 21, Academic Quad outside Goddard Chapel, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, April 21, celebrate the opening of the "Many Voices: A Community Display of Grief, Hope, and Action" with the Tufts University Chaplaincy. Stop by the Academic Quad outside Goddard Chapel for a locally sourced, individually packaged sweet treat and take a walk through our communally constructed art exhibition. This exhibit will be open for our community to visit from Tuesday, April 20 to Wednesday, May 5 on the Academic Quad between Goddard Chapel and Ballou Hall. Please see this website for updates on the exhibition as it is installed and the images of submissions from the Tufts community, near and far. 

Sowing and Growing: An Interfaith Community Celebration

Friday, April 30, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET, Goddard Chapel steps facing Tisch Roof

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with the Interfaith Student Council (ISC) on Friday, April 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Drop by the Goddard Chapel steps facing Tisch Roof to plant a seed, grab a treat (food and non-food options), and pause for a moment together. At different booths, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  1. Plant a seed while reflection on the past and what is to come for you,
  2. Celebrate the end of Earth Month and the start of Spring with the Tufts Community, and
  3. Enjoy fun, quick activities to uplift our relationship with the earth and ourselves.

Help us make this event as sustainable as possible by bringing a planter container of any kind (i.e. plastic water bottle or tea cup) for your seeds. We will also have biodegradable containers and reusable lids for traveling with your seedling available for everyone. This program is co-sponsored by the University Chaplaincy. We are excited to see you stop by our booths for a moment on the last day of April! Check out the facebook event here to let us know you are coming or request a care package via mail if you are not on campus.

Spirituality, Death, and Palliative Care: A Conversation with Tufts' Chaplains

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET

Join us for an hour of conversation with Tufts' chaplains as we share stories about accompanying individuals and their loved ones in the dying process and talk together about the ways we've spiritually explored and reckoned with death and suffering through these experiences.  You can join via this Zoom link

Sponsored by the Palliative and Legacy Medicine group (PALM) at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the University Chaplaincy. Please contact Steven A. Schwab, MC candidate, Class of 2024 with any questions. 

Annual Buddha Day Celebration

Annual Buddha Day Celebration

Friday, May 7,   11:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m.

The Buddha Day celebration is our annual end of year event to commemorate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. We celebrate with local Buddhist spiritual leaders and other Tufts communities. It is an opportunity to end the academic year with peace, mindfulness, wholesome attitude, and laughter with friends, classmates, and colleagues—as a community. Sponsored by the Tufts Buddhist Chaplaincy, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Tufts, and the Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha. Join via Zoom here. 

Virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony

Virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony

Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

The University Chaplaincy is working to produce a pre-recorded video to honor the Class of 2021 with a collection of diverse religious and philosophical words, poems, songs, and more. The video will include

  • Words of Welcome and Greetings of Peace from University Chaplain Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger
  • Senior interviews
  • The Wendell Phillips Address by Atrey Bhargava, A21
  • A instrumental music performance by Iverson Eliopoulos, A21 and Julia Moss, A21, and accompanying musicians Talia Kee, A22 and Andrew Zhang, E22
  • President Anthony P. Monaco's address to the Class of 2021
  • Multifaith words of blessing and sending from Tufts University chaplains

Please return here for more information as we approach Commencement Weekend.

Spring 2021 Weekly Gatherings 

Please note: Our programs are virtual until further notice. If you have any questions, please reach out to the chaplain  listed, or contact program manager Nora Bond.

Africana Spirituality

Please email Africana Spirituality Advisor Azmera Hammouri Davis for more information. 

Buddhist

Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha Meditation and Reflection

Mondays and Fridays at 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

This semester, Sangha will meet on Mondays for a discussion and shorter meditation, and on Fridays for a longer meditation and reflection. You can reach out to Interim Buddhist Chaplain Harsha Menon for more information. You can join via Zoom here.

 

Catholic

Catholic Virtual Mass Gathering
Sundays 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET

We will not be offering in-person worship this year, but we will be gathering virtually at 5 p.m. ET each Sunday to watch and celebrate mass together. Throughout the course of the semester, we will “visit” the parishes of different members of the CCT by watching that week’s previously recorded mass. Join Catholic Mass via Zoom here.

Catholic Spirituality Hour

Wednesdays, 7 pm. - 8 p.m. ET

Join us as we gather mid-week to experiment with spiritual practices from the Christian tradition. We will dive into scripture, gaze upon art, write letters, and expand our understanding of what prayer is. All are welcome and, as always. come as you are. Join Catholic Spirituality Hour here. 

Confession by appointment. 

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, 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET
Join Hindu Student Council for weekly conversations and check-ins. You can email Hindu Advisor Preeta Banerjee for more information.
Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) Reading Group
See dates below, 6-7 p.m. ET
ACK is an Indian publisher of graphic novels based on biographies, religious figures and cultural stories, founded in 1967 by Anant Pai.  Largely a response to supporting children in learning about their heritage, the series also has equally engaged older readers in important conversations about social equity and gender dynamics. We will open with observances and then deeply discuss the comic of the day. We will close our space after 30 to 45 minutes to eat our meals together. For more information about the monthly readings, and to RSVP, please email Hindu Advisor Preeta Banerjee.
  • January –  Ganesha 
    We will meet on Friday Jan 8 2021 to hold a small ceremony, discuss our reading and eat together.
    To accompany the New Year as any new beginning is a time to ask for Lord Ganesha’s blessings: Jan 1, 2021.
  • February – Saraswati  
    We will meet on Friday Feb 12 2021 to hold a small ceremony, discuss our reading and eat together.
    To accompany Vasant Panchami day is dedicated to Saraswati: Feb 16, 2021.
  • March – Krishna
    We will meet on Friday March 26 2021 to hold a small ceremony, discuss our reading and eat together.
    To accompany Holi – a festival said to be the favorite of all of Lord Krishna and Radha Rani: March 28, 2021.
  • April– Hanuman
    We will meet on Friday April 23 2021 to hold a small ceremony, discuss our reading and eat together.
    To accompany Hanuman Jayanti – born on this day: April 26, 2021.
  • May -  Ganga
    We will meet on Friday May 7 2021 to hold a small ceremony, discuss our reading and eat together.
    To accompany Ganga Saptami and celebrate the day Goddess Ganga was reborn:  May 18, 2021.
Humanist

Weekly Gathering

Fridays, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET

Join the Humanist Community at Tufts for their weekly moment of connection and reflection by candlelight. Each week, we explore questions of philosophy, language, art, and meaning, drawn together by a shared concern for the goodness of humanity and our shared natural world. All are welcome! Please email Humanist Chaplain Walker Bristol with any questions. Join Humanist events via Zoom here.

 

Humanist Chaplaincy: Something Greater than Ourselves Program

Throughout Spring Semester 2021

How do you find and describe your sense of meaning in life? Is it a commitment to justice, an awe before nature, or a unique experience of God? This new series will share readings, videos, reflection tools, and discussion groups around talking about "something greater than oneself" (abbreviated "sgto"). Those interested can sign up anytime through the semester and have access to all the program's resources in a shared Box drive. Join the new e-list organized by Humanist Chaplain Walker Bristol to hear weekly announcements, resources, and opportunities for connection around finding something greater than oneself.  Join the sgto e-list via the Tufts e-list service here. Feel free to e-mail Walker with any questions!

Interfaith

COFFEE Interfaith Student Coalition

Mondays 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET

Join COFFEE (Community OF Faith Exploration and Engagement) for biweekly constructive conversations about faith and identity between people of different backgrounds (from devotional to nonreligious to philosophical) to promote action for peace and the common good. COFFEE also seeks to connect students to social justice opportunities and organizations through activism. All are welcome! Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership.

Jewish - Chabad

Pre-Shabbat Zoom

Friday, 6 p.m. ET

Shabbat-To-Go Package Pick Up Friday

By appointment at Rohr Chabad House, RSVP at jewishjumbo.com.

Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership, and see the Chabad website for more information.

 

Jewish - Hillel

Join Hillel for Weekly Shabbat virtual offerings. Make sure to follow Tufts Hillel on Facebook for most up to date information or stop by the Hillel website to view our calendar, updated regularly and find Zoom links. All are welcome.

 

Muslim

Please contact Muslim Chaplain Iman Abdul-Malik Merchant 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 read Scripture, check in, and pray together. All are welcome, regardless of faith background, and various Christian traditions are represented. 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
Sundays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET

Join the Protestant student community and Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell for worship through prayer, song, sermon, and reflection over Zoom. While we cannot be together in person right now, Christ is still present among us and the Spirit draws us together as God's people. After the service, everyone is welcome to stay and hang out. All are welcome, no matter who you are or where you find yourself in your journey of life and faith. Please email Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell with any questions. Join Protestant Evening Worship via Zoom here.

Exploring the Spirituals: PSA Lenten Book Club
Tuesdays, February 16 through March 23, 8:00 p.m. ET  7 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET

This year’s Lenten book club will explore the rich tradition of African American spirituals and how they provide a powerful lens through which to view the Bible and our lives today. A “spiritual” is a genre of religious folksong closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South; you can learn more about African American spirituals here. Our hope is that this study will help to deepen our walk with Christ and our commitment to the work of antiracism. Sponsored by the Protestant Students Association; facilitated by Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell and University Chaplaincy Music Director Tom Dawkins. Please email Dan to learn more. All are very welcome to participate. You can join via Zoom here. 

Protestant - Non-denominational

Large Groups

Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m ET

Join InterVarsity at Tufts, hosted by C. Stacey Woods Programming Board, for our largest gathering during the week. Every week, you will find us hosting games, worship, and talks from various speakers. This is a space where people can find intentional hospitality, spiritual understanding, and joy as they engage in community. Join Large Group event via Zoom.

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.

Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership.

Tufts University Unitarian Universalists

Weekly Gathering

Wednesdays, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET

For life long UUs and those wondering what a UU is, Tufts University Unitarian Universalists is open to all. Join our liberal religious community for coffee and conversation Wednesday nights. Please see our Communities page for more information about student leadership. Join Unitarian Universalist events via Zoom here.