The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community. The University Chaplaincy provides spiritual care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multifaith engagement
At Tufts, chaplains provide spiritual care. Chaplains are confidential resources on campus. Chaplains have specialized training to support spiritual and religious questions and needs, identity formation, and grief and loss processing. Our chaplains are trained to support any student, of any religious or philosophical identity. Tufts has a dedicated team including a Buddhist Chaplain, Catholic Chaplain, Hindu Chaplain, Humanist Chaplain, Jewish Chaplain, Muslim Chaplain, and Protestant Chaplain. You can learn more about each of them here.
The Tufts campuses are home to 12-15 religious and philosophical student organizations, and you are welcome to join a gathering any time. Most groups meet weekly, and regular programming includes meditation, worship, dinners, conversations, and study. Student groups include Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha, Catholic Community at Tufts (CCT), Chabad at Tufts, Community OF Faith Exploration and Engagement (COFFEE), Hindu Student Association (HSA), Humanist Community at Tufts (HCAT), Muslim Student Association (MSA), and Protestant Student Association (PSA). You can find student contact information on this page. Tufts also has an active Hillel, and you can find more on their website. Students can join programming to practice their faith or simply to learn from others. If you are interested in forming a new group, you can always reach out to the University Chaplaincy.
In addition to weekly student group programming, the University Chaplaincy hosts events for the entire Tufts community. The Illumination Ceremony for new students, fall semester concerts including In Living Memory and Pax et Lux, a celebration for Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Russell Lecture on Spiritual Life, and the Baccalaureate Ceremony are hosted annually. With our chaplains, we celebrate and observe days from various traditions. You can find out more on the University Chaplaincy website.
Interfaith programs on campus include the Interfaith Student Council and the Interfaith Ambassadors. The Interfaith Student Council (ISC) is the University Chaplaincy's main undergraduate student advisory and programming board; it is composed of members from the undergraduate religious and philosophical communities at Tufts. The ISC meets weekly during term to engage with one another's beliefs and engage in reflective models of learning. Students can also apply to be Interfaith Ambassadors, a paid opportunity to learn more about their own beliefs, host campus programs and events; and to deepen their understandings of civic engagement, justice, and peace in a pluralistic world.
Join our Pre-Orientation CAFE: Conversation, Action, Faith, and Education
CAFE is an award-winning pre-orientation program that brings together incoming first-year students and student leaders from diverse religious, non-religious, spiritual, and ethical identities. There is time for meaningful conversation, skill-building for dialogue and connection, exploration of local neighborhoods, good food, and fun! Over the program, we hope to create your first community at Tufts - one that is caring, thoughtful, diverse, and passionate. Learn more in the video below!