Hartford Seminary

Conference for College and University Chaplains

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Chaplains at colleges and universities face significant challenges in their vocation. Hartford Seminary will host a conference that addresses many of the issues facing this vital ministry as well as providing built-in time for networking among chaplains of all faiths.




9-9:45 a.m. – Arrival and registration

10-11 a.m. – Plenary session on Building Resilience with the Rev. Dr. Tracy Mehr-Muska, Chaplain at Wesleyan University

Many cultural, systemic, and interpersonal influences are working against the resilience of emerging adults. This presentation will address influences that detract from resilience, define and deconstruct resilience as a concept, describe factors that contribute to resilience, and detail specific strategies that chaplains can easily employ in their work that have been proven to increase students’ resilience.

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Choice of workshops

  • Racial justice activism with Bishop John Selders, Chaplain at Trinity College

This interactive workshop will survey the range of issues and opportunities the current socio-political landscape presents to us on campuses and the connections to be made from the foundations of our faith communities and traditions.

  • LGBTQ outreach with the Rev. Jenny Peek, Interim Associate University Chaplain at Yale University

On the surface, providing spiritual and emotional support to LGBTQ students simply requires creating spaces for deep listening and welcome. But how do we care for our LGBTQ students who are looking for more than affirming words that they are loved as they are? In this workshop, the Rev. Jenny Peek will offer three models of care: individual pastoral counseling, intrafaith small group facilitation, and interfaith small group facilitation. Through our dialogue about each model we will explore a variety of tools, strategies, and resources that can be used within each method.

  • Standing Up to Fear and Hatred with Interreligious Programs

Religion is now a significant part of the diversity of the American experience.  Yet as the Charlottesville experience showed, even today some religious people are at best misunderstood, and at worst, vilified in the current political and social climate.  Anti-Semitism is still alive and Islamophobia is a real and significant problem. One way to break down walls of fear and antagonism is through programs that introduce people to religions with which they are not familiar.  Donna Manocchio, Aida Mansoor, and Terry Schmitt have created and produced many different interreligious events, including “Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors,”  “A Taste of Ramadan,” and “A Call to Love Thy Neighbor and Stand for All Americans.”  They will lead us in a discussion of the nuts and bolts of creating and running an interreligious event in your setting.

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30-2:15 p.m. – Networking with interest groups

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Plenary session with Rabbi Barbara Paris, Chaplain at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Rabbi Paris will describe her work in the unique setting of Choate and then lead a conversation about strategies for bridging the transition from high school to college.  This session will be interactive.   
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The cost is $40 for chaplains | $20 for Hartford Seminary alumni | Free for Hartford Seminary students (registration required)

Contact Director of Communications Susan Schoenberger for more information at sschoenberger@hartsem.edu



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