The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community. The Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multi-faith engagement. Below are some of the student spiritual leaders on campus.
The Chaplaincy includes the University Chaplain who is responsible for leading university spiritual life overall and for providing direct support for those communities not served by associate chaplains. Tufts’ associate chaplains include Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Protestant Chaplains who serve the whole Tufts family as well as their particular communities. Spiritual life at Tufts also includes many campus communities across the religious and philosophical spectrum with many weekly gatherings and special programs offered each semester.
The University Chaplaincy also reaches beyond religion narrowly-defined to collaborate and integrate spirituality and ethics into all aspects of university endeavor and to relate with spiritual, ethical, and interfaith communities locally, nationally, and globally. Our work includes worship, prayer, meditation and ritual leadership, pastoral care and counseling, teaching and educational programming, holiday and cultural programming, community service and social justice work, interfaith work and institutional relations, and making recommendations to the President.
The University Chaplaincy honors and promotes Tufts’ Universalist heritage and spirit. We are committed to offering opportunities for all at Tufts to experience a rich inner life, dynamic devotion, critical spiritual thought, deep ethical reflection, meaningful community, and active and constructive engagement with the pressing issues and needs of our time.
Nitin Jethmalani, A16 - Hindu Students Council
I’m Nitin and I’m a junior studying Chemistry and hoping to pursue a career in medicine. I’m loving Tufts, the interfaith attitude that makes us all so comfortable practicing our religions on campus, and the active religious groups on campus! I’m currently the vice-president of the Hindu Students Council (HSC) at Tufts and absolutely love the Hindu community that it develops. I have found some of my closest friends through HSC. Between the events and weekly meetings, there is so much to share and to understand about our own religious views and upbringings and how all of this affects our life at college. We all have our own family cultures that influence the way that we practice and at HSC we try to combine the fun of the holidays with the rituals of aartis and pujas all while understanding and respecting the meaning and significance behind our actions. Tufts has become my home for social, academic, and religious life, and I hope that I can share it with you in the next couple years!
Abdurrahman Abdurrob, A15 - Muslim Students Association
My name is Abdurrahman Abdurrob and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Child Development. I am the President of the Premedical Society and have also been extremely involved as an undergraduate researcher since my freshman summer! I am also the President of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and a student worker at the University Chaplaincy. While a large part of my undergraduate experience has been academic and career orientated (see: pre-med life), religion and spiritual life has been the foundation for everything I have done at Tufts. Without a doubt the friends and community I have made through the Chaplaincy and the MSA will stay with me long after graduation. Seeing the growth of the Muslim community on campus throughout my 3 years and being able to serve it is one of the most rewarding feelings I have experienced while at Tufts. On a personal level, my involvement in religious life on campus is something that has allowed me to grow personally and spiritually, which I feel is important as young adults and introduced me to some of the most amazing yet humble people, and people I genuinely consider role-models. These people serve as an inspiration to me and it is my hope that after Tufts I am still able to stay connected and serve my community wherever I may be.
Chiamaka Chima 1G, E14 - Catholic Community at Tufts
I am Chiamaka, a grad student studying Electrical Engineering at Tufts. I also obtained my Bachelors degree in EE here at Tufts and I've been involved with the Catholic
Community at Tufts (CCT) from my freshman year of college. I was raised in a Catholic family so it was easy to join CCT and become involved. At first, I thought mass at 10pm was weird but with time, I came to adapt and even appreciate that time as it was more favorable for students at the Tufts Campus. Besides, I figured being involved with the school community rather than an external church would make it less easy for me to gradually lose touch with my faith.