Mission of Brown's Chaplaincy

Students Gather in Manning ChapelStudents Gather in Manning ChapelReligious life at Brown is wide-ranging and accommodating for students of all faiths. The multifaith chaplaincy on campus works to ensure that all beliefs can find a home on campus. Manning Chapel, Brown-RISD Hillel, and the Brown Muslim Student Center represent some of the more established centers for religious services at Brown. In addition, there are frequent meetings of fellowship and spirituality groups throughout the campus.

To promote communication and understanding among all religious groups, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life sponsors a number of interfaith initiatives:

  • Interfaith "Thursday" Supper: weekly gatherings with delicious food, exciting speakers, and invigorating conversation.
  • Multifaith Council: student leaders from the religious and faith communities on campus, who meet to explore ways to deepen their understandings of different traditions and create educational opportunities for the wider university community.
  • Interfaith Exchange: a year-long journey for students of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other religious backgrounds to engage Providence high school students in exploring interfaith collaboration and working across religious lines. 
  • Inter-Religious Advisory Council: formed to protect and enhance Brown’s historic intention to welcome, accommodate, and resource our burgeoning religious diversity. Nominations for representatives are drawn from all segments of the Brown community, and the group convenes three times during each academic year.

Prayer, Study, Meditation, and Worship

The nurture of the life of soul and spirit is at the center of our work. We extend a warm welcome to all members of the Brown family to participate in the on-campus gatherings for prayer, study, meditation, service and corporate worship. We are always eager to hear of new ideas and projects. The Brown community is also invited to use the Meditation Room, located in the room next to 410 Page-Robinson Hall—OCRL's main office.

Pastoral Care

The Chaplains are available by appointment to provide counsel and support, and may be reached by e-mail or phone, 401.863.2344. 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. A bereavement group for students meets weekly in the University Chaplain's office. Call for details.