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Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life
J. Walter Wilson
69 Brown Street, Suite 410
Brown University Box 1931
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2344
(401) 863-9359, fax
brown.edu/ocrl

Brown’s multi-faith team of chaplains support the diversity and practice of the University community including several traditions of Judaism at Hillel; a lively, liturgy-based Roman Catholic community; Protestant worship in both ecumenical and African American traditions; daily prayer at the Muslim Student Center; weekly Hindu prayer; the silence of Quaker meeting; daily Zen meditation; the Orthodox Christian Association, and many Evangelical fellowships. Graduate and medical students are active in all these settings and occasionally organize groups and projects in partnership with OCRL. Continuing a tradition of more than four decades, the Chaplain of the University, the Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson, hosts Thursday Interfaith Supper (TNS) to welcome students from all reaches of the University for a casual supper and conversations led by faculty, scholars, authors and practitioners on topics related to religion, spirituality and ethics. A weekly TNS email notifies interested participants of the topic. The chaplains are always available for support and counsel – especially in bereavement, and are available to perform rituals as needed. The Chaplains Discretionary Fund provides modest, confidential assistance in exigent situations.

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