Office of the University Chaplain

Columbia University in the City of New York

 Office of the University Chaplain

The Office of the University Chaplain’s Principles and Values:

  1. The life of the mind and the life of faith are uniquely related to each other.
  2. Everyone is welcome – people of all faiths, spiritualities, and personal journeys.
  3. Every person is treated with dignity; respecting the uniqueness of individuals, communities, and cultures.
  4. Community building requires hospitality, courage, and compassion.
  5. Heart, soul, and mind connect us all.

Women’s History Month Presentation at Harlem Village Academy West Charter Elementary School

A kindergarten class at Harlem Village Academy Charter school celebrates Women’s History Month with Columbia University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis.

Distinguished as the first African-American female University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis’s message to the students was about empowering the human spirit as an individual and as a group.

Students listened and provided sound effects with their instruments as Andria Stewart, read Lesa- Cline-Ransome’s lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet. The story underscored the Chaplain’s evocative message of courage—“you can be the first of anything you want to be…”

The children gleefully enjoyed exploring the sounds of a variety of unique percussion instruments supplied by Chaplain Davis.

Keyboard accompaniment by OUC’s director of Sacred Music, Ishmael Wallace.

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KGF Amman 2018 Video Montage

Check out the video of the KGF trip to Amman, Jordan in January 2018 by clicking here.

Apply to Kraft Family Fund Spring 2018!

Welcome Reception for Muslim Life Coordinator Amina Darwish

Why this Holocaust survivor still wears his concentration camp uniform

Ed Mosberg’s hands stay steady as he slips into the striped cotton jacket and matching cap — an outfit identical to one he was issued 75 years ago, as a prisoner of the Plaszów concentration camp in Poland.

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KGF Amman Photos

Some photos from the Kraft Global Fellows trip in Amman, Jordan so far!

Kraft Global Fellows Jordan Arrival in Amman

Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

Je’intavea’, he said that sweltering day in 1999. I am so ill.

The words were Taushiro. A mystery to linguists and anthropologists alike, the language was spoken by a tribe that vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago, hoping to save itself from the invaders whose weapons and diseases had brought it to the brink of extinction.

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Parish priest breaks the silence, shares that he is gay

“Today, I break the silence and emerge free from the shackles of shame placed upon me at a young age. There is so much to speak about, to repair and to heal — much beyond the limits of these words in print.” – Fr. Gregory Greiten

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