The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life



Congratulations on your admission to Brown University. We at OCRL are excited to welcome you as a member of our community. You can read about what our office does here; meet the Chaplains here; and see what we're up to here. We can't wait to see you in Fall 2021!


The Chaplains of the University are holding the Brown community in our prayers and remain fully available, even as we work remotely.  Brown community members may send requests for counsel, support, information or prayer by email to the Chaplain of the University: [email protected]

We are here for all students: 
—graduate students —all programs;
—medical students;
—those remaining on/near campus;
—those off campus within the US or internationally. 

The chaplains are also available for confidential support and assistance to all staff, faculty and alumni/ae. 

The following groups are meeting remotely:

Bereavement Group
Mondays from 7:30-9
Contact: [email protected]
Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 651 748 241
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Brown/RISD Catholic Community

Brown/RISD Hillel

Soul Food
Wednesday 5-6:30
Contact: [email protected] 

If you are experiencing a financial emergency, the Office of the Chaplains may be able to help.  Please see here for information on the The Emergency Funds, Curricular & Co-curricular Gap Funds ("e-Gap"). You can apply via the UFunds website. You are always welcome to reach out to a Chaplain for help navigating this process.

In urgent matters or at off-hours, please reach us through Brown’s Department of Public Safety: 401.863.3322

The Chaplains are available by appointment and may be reached by e-mail or phone (see below). They are also always available to care for the University community and may be contacted at any hour through Brown's Office of Public Safety, 401-863-3322.

The Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson
Chaplain of the University

[email protected]

Office hours:

Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please email [email protected] if you are having trouble connecting.
Page-Robinson Hall Suite 410
To schedule an appointment outside this time, e-mail 
[email protected]

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti
Associate Chaplain of the University for the Jewish Community/Brown-RISD Hillel


[email protected]

Office hours:

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti is available for booking (for a Zoom call or walk+talk "mobile meeting") via this link; for other times or to meet more urgently, please email her: [email protected].

Page-Robinson Hall, Room 416


The Reverend Delphain Demosthenes

[email protected]
401.863.2344 (OCRL Office)

Megan O'Brien Crayne (on leave until March 15)
Campus Minister, Brown-RISD Catholic Community

[email protected]

Book an appointment here:

Jermaine Pearson
Associate Chaplain of the University for the
Protestant Community


[email protected]

Office hours:

Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Page-Robinson Hall, Room 414

Father Edmund McCullough, O.P.
Associate Chaplain of the University for the
Catholic Community

[email protected]


Amir A. Toft, PhD
Associate Chaplain of the University for the Muslim Community

[email protected]

Regular office hours: Wednesday, 3–5 pm
Click here to schedule (20-min slots) or email me to make an appointment


Our mission is to ensure that a diversity of beliefs have voice and vitality throughout the University community. This website will introduce you to our work, programs and religious life colleagues, as well as resources available to undergraduate, graduate, medical students, staff, faculty, and alumni/ae.





Nominations are now open for the 2020 Interfaith Leadership Award, the Manning Medal, and the Levi C. Adams Citation.

Nomination form and instructions are attached to this web page. Nominations are due by May 1.