Religious Life Affiliates

Religious Life Affiliates (RLAs) at Brown work in concert with the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (OCRL) to gather and nurture the wide variety of faith traditions present on campus. From Islam to Judaism to Christianity to Hinduism and beyond, the affiliates coordinate and make visible Brown's vibrant religious life.

More information about affiliated Religious Life groups is available on the Religious Communities page.

Name & Contact Information About


Lauren Watka Atwood

Campus Minister with InterVarsity's Grad/Faculty Ministry

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Lauren Watka Atwood is a Campus Minister with InterVarsity's Grad/Faculty Ministry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Before entering vocational ministry, Lauren was formally trained as a marine biologist and received a Master's in environmental studies at Brown. These days, her life is guided by knowing that nothing is more powerful than a personal encounter with the Living God.

Kathy Cooper

InterVarsity Grad/Faculty Ministry 
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Molly Goldmeier

Brown RISD Hillel

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Alvin Huang

College Hill Buddhists for Peace

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Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Practicing Buddhism for four decades.

Lisa Lambright

College Hill Buddhists for Peace

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I've been a practicing Buddhism since 1976 and affiliated with Brown University for over 10 years.

Paul Rochford Jr.

College Hill Buddhists for Peace

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Chana and Mendel Laufer
Chabad House

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Jarrod Lynn

Athletes in Action

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William Monroe

Quakers at Brown,  
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I am a member of Providence Friends Meeting as well as a librarian at Brown University. My colleague, Hans-Dieter Gomes, and I started a mid-week Quaker meeting here at Brown a couple of decades ago. He has since retired from the library, but continued as the RLA for the Quakers for several years. When he was no longer able to do so, I took his place.

Religious Society of Friends


Alley Smith (Yeshe Norbu)

Brown Meditation Community

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Phone: 401-323-3133

Chaplain Alley Smith (she/her) is an ordained Buddhist Chaplain. Alley specializes in Tibetan Buddhism: Karma Kagyu, Nyingma and Shambhala Buddhism. She was also trained in Japanese Zen. Alley is a resident at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Alley can be reached on or off campus for 1:1 meditation instruction, group instruction, or meditation consultation. She is also available for spiritual consultation/counseling, mentorship, retreat planning, discussion groups, book groups and lectures by appointment. 


Paul Smith

Baha'i Faith at Brown University

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Phone: 802-343-0978

Paul Smith, a member of the local Providence Baha'i community and Chair of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Providence, serves as advisor to the Baha'i Faith at Brown University (). He is not a clergyperson, as the Baha'i Faith has no clergy, but he does provide consultation and assistance to Brown students regardless of any spiritual background.

Paul was raised a Methodist. After graduating from Dartmouth College as a mathematics major, he spent an initial year as a seminarian at Yale Divinity School. After leaving Yale, he began a search for both a different career and a comprehensive view of God, religion, and spirituality. At the age of 23, he became a member of the Baha'i Faith, thereby "updating" his religious beliefs to become a follower of Baha'u'llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith.

Baha'u'llah (1817-1892) taught that all the world's religions come from the same Source, having been progressively revealed throughout history, and that humanity has reached the age of maturity in which such principles as the oneness of humankind, the equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, and the elimination of all forms of prejudice will lead to the establishment of universal education and world peace.


Benjamin Straley

Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR)

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Saint Stephen' Episcopal Church

114 George Street

I am the Rector of S. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located right next to the campus green, and directly across from the Ratty (Wriston Quad Refectory). As a product of Episcopal Campus Ministries at both Indiana University and Yale University, I understand the importance of these faith communities in the lives of undergraduate and graduate students. Given our location, S. Stephen’s has a special mission to the campus communities, and we look forward to meeting you!

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Lisa Yang

Branch Christian Fellowship 
Chi Alpha—A Ministry of the Assemblies of God)

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When I was a student unsure of where I belonged at Brown, The Branch welcomed me into a genuine community that I grew to trust and love. Now as staff I’m excited to welcome new students into our community, to help them know Christ, and to serve our campus together!

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Swami Yogatmananda

Brown Hindu Students Association

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I am the minister at Vedanta Society of Providence - A Hindu Religious Organization, and Religious Affiliate at Brown University