Appointed by the University Chaplain, Religious Life Advisers (RLA) are clergy and lay people representing different faith traditions. Religious Life Advisers serve the needs of the diverse religious communities at Columbia University. In addition to traditional religious ceremonies, services and pastoral counseling, the RLA ministries offer a wide assortment of lectures, outreach projects, and discussion groups.

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Buddhist Campus Ministry

Rev. Doyeon Park
108 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: sp3080@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cuba/
Weekly Meditation: Thursdays, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Location: Hamilton 509

Blum Y

Chabad at Columbia

Rabbi Yonah Blum
Email: jyb2102@columbia.edu
625 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
Web: http://www.chabadstudentcenter.com

 


Blum K

Chabad at Columbia

Rabbitzen Keren Blum
mkb2106@columbia.edu
625 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025
Web: http://www.chabadstudentcenter.com

Hain Y

Columbia University/Barnard College Hillel

Rabbi Yonah Hain
Email: rabbi@columbia.edu
The Kraft Center
606 West 115th St., MC 8101
Web: https://columbiabarnardhillel.org/
Prayer Schedule:
Conservative Jewish Shabbat: Fridays, 6 or 7p.m., Sat 10 a.m.
Orthodox Jewish Daily: 7:45 a.m. and Sundown
Shabbat: Fridays, Sundown; Saturdays 9:15 a.m.
Reform Jewish Shabbat: Fridays, 6:15 p.m.
All services held at The Kraft Center
Office Hours: M – F, 10:00  a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All services held at The Kraft Center except the 2:30pm daily Orthodox at Earl Hall, where noted.


Columbia Catholic Ministry

Father Dan O’Reilly
Email: dpo2105@columbia.edu
110 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Web: columbia-catholic.org/
Catholic Mass: Monday–Friday,
12:15–1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel
Sundays, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel

Lee D

Compass Christian Koinonia

Rev. Daniel Lee
110 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: dsl2013@columbia.edu
Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/cck
Bible Study: Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Check our website for location


Sloan R

Episcopal Campus Ministry

Rev. Richard Sloan
Special Assistant to the University Chaplain
101 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: rs3046@columbia.edu
Web: www.columbiaepiscopal.org
Eucharist: Sundays, 6:15 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel
Noonday Prayer: Thursdays, 12 noon
Location: Room 101 Earl Hall

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Ethical Humanist Campus Ministry

Dr. Anne Klaeysen
101 Earl Hall, MC 2008
Email: ak3212@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.nysec.org
Meetings: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall


Scott B

Every Nation Campus Ministry

Bryan Scott
Special Adviser to the University Chaplain
Email: bs2293@columbia.edu
Web: www.everynation.org
Weekly Fellowship: Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall

Byrd A

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Ashley Byrd – undergraduate students
Email: aeb54@columbia.edu
101 Earl Hall, MC 2003
Web: columbiaivcf.org/
www.columbia.edu/cu/ivcfg
Worship Services:
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel


Eng H

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Hon Eng – graduate students
Email: he2109@columbia.edu
101 Earl Hall, MC 2003
Web: columbiaivcf.org/
www.columbia.edu/cu/ivcfg
Worship Services:
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel

Paddack J

Monsignor John Paddack
Special Adviser to the University Chaplain
Email: jnp2128@columbia.edu
Church of Notre Dame
405 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025


Eric Lipscomb
Reformed University Fellowship
Email: eric.lipscomb@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbiaruf.org/
Weekly Service: Wednesdays from 8-9pm
Location: check RUF website



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Buddhist –Doyeon Park

Rev. Doyeon Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. She has served as the Buddhist Religious Life Advisor at Columbia University since 2011. She is also the Buddhist chaplain at New York University and a minister at the Manhattan Won Buddhist Temple.

Inspired by the Buddhist idea of inner freedom and happiness, Rev. Park started her monastic training in 1998. She graduated from Dept. of Won Buddhism, Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea and earned an M.A. in Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She received full ordination in 2007.


Chabad — Rabbi Yonah Blum

Rabbi Yonah Blum has spent the past 20+ years living and working on college campuses. He possesses the unique qualities of idealism, optimism, and genuine love of his fellows – qualities needed to thrive in a college environment.

Hailing from Potomac, MD, a Washington D.C. suburb, Rabbi Blum connected with Chabad while in high school. After graduation Rabbi Blum enrolled in the Yeshiva Tiferes Bochurim in

Morristown, NJ. His rabbinic studies spanned five years and included some years at

Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim as well as Yeshiva 770, where he received rabbinic ordination.

A pioneer in campus outreach, Rabbi Blum enjoyed two years as a rabbinic intern in the picturesque, five college town of Amherst, MA, from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, Rabbi

Blum accepted the position of fulltime campus Rabbi at Chabad at Columbia University. From his humble beginnings as a commuting straphanger, Rabbi Blum has grown Chabad to become a thriving communal center for learning and socializing.



Chabad — Rebbetzin Keren Blum

Rebbetzin Keren Blum’s first spoken language is Yiddish; Hebrew is her second, though it would never be apparent upon initially meeting her. A Brooklyn native, Rebbetzin Blum grew up in a small family of immigrant parents and grandparents. Her diverse educational experiences have included Yeshiva of Flatbush, public school, Hampshire College, and Machon Chana Women’s Institute. She earned a B.A. in the study of Nutrition and Poverty and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. Her passions include social justice work, learning, and more recently raising the five Blum children to be the finest expressions of humanity they can possibly achieve.

Keren joined Rabbi Blum as the Rebbetzin at Chabad at Columbia University in 1997 when they married.


Hillel — Yonah Hain

As campus rabbi of Columbia University, Yonah Hain guides the educational, interfaith and religious initiatives of Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s robust Jewish community. Yonah is passionate about Jewish thought, and specializes in text study and religious law in particular. He started at Columbia in 2007 and also worked for three years downtown at New York University. Yonah received his B.A. in Talmudic Literature and ordination from Jerusalem’s rabbinic court. He currently lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Elana, and their two children, Azzan and Navon. Yonah is on campus full-time with an office at the Kraft Center.


Catholic — Dan O’Reilly

Fr. Dan O’Reilly has been the director of Columbia Catholic Ministry since 2011 and the administrator of Corpus Christi Church since 2013. Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, he attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning an M.A. in theology and divinity from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, he was ordained a priest in 2003. He has served as parochial vicar at Resurrection Church in Rye, Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, Spiritual Director for the St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, and Catholic Campus Minister at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. During the academic year, office hours are from 1-2pm in 110 Earl Hall every Monday to Friday.


Christian Koinonia — Daniel Lee

Pastor Daniel Lee has served as Religious Life Advisor at the Columbia/Barnard Compass Christian Koinonia for over twelve years, and also pastors a local Baptist Church. He received degrees from UC Berkeley, UC Hastings Law School, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His religious interests include constructive theology and the integration of faith/work. Pastor Daniel holds office hours on Wednesdays, 12-1pm, in 110 Earl Hall, or by appointment.


Episcopal — Richard Sloan

Following graduation from Rutgers University, Rev. Sloan attended the Episcopal Divinity School; he was ordained upon graduation and served in parish ministry. Additionally, he attended law school, and practiced law for 20 years. In 1993 Rev. Sloan joined the Bishop’s staff in NY, and in September 2009, the OUC accepted the Bishop’s appointment and approved him as a Religious Life Advisor. Among his religious interests as an RLA, the most significant are pastoral care of students, providing a supportive community of faith to the students, and service to the wider community. Rev. Sloan’s office hours are Wednesday 11:30 am-1:30 pm.


Ethical Humanist — Anne Klaeysen

Anne Klaeysen is an Ethical Culture Leader (clergy) who serves the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, as well as M.A.’s in German from the State University of NY at Albany (SUNYA) and business administration from New York University (NYU). She also received a B.A. from SUNYA. Dr. Klaeysen is co-dean of The Humanist Institute, serves on the boards of Sunday Assembly NYC and The Encampment for Citizenship, and participates in several interfaith social justice coalitions. She has been a Religious Life Adviser since August 2010. Her office hours are Wednesdays, noon to 5 pm, in Earl Hall room 101. She is also available most Wednesday mornings for pastoral counseling in the Schiff Room.


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — Ashley Byrd

Ashley Byrd graduated from Columbia College in 2002.  He is committed to fostering communities on campus where students can examine their own beliefs and explore faith through personal questions in a rigorous and loving environment. Ashley is passionate about students maturing in faith through leading initiatives that encourage spiritual growth, healing and that serve and love the campus.


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship — Hon Eng

Hon Eng did his undergraduate studies at Drew University.  He received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology in New Testament Studies from McMaster Divinity College. He has served InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Columbia for 20 years.  Currently, his ministry focuses on graduate students and faculty.  He is available for appointments from 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm from Monday to Friday.


Columbia RUF — Eric Lipscomb

Rev. Eric Lipscomb received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and his Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, and has served as the RUF Campus Minister at Columbia since 2014. He enjoys processing questions of life and faith with students, and is available to meet by appointment throughout the week.   


Columbia Discrimination, Harassment and Gender-Based Misconduct Policies

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members.

Consistent with this commitment, and with all applicable laws, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide those who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress.

Also consistent with this commitment, Columbia University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship or immigration status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, unemployment status, partnership status, military status, or any other applicable legally protected status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs and functions.

Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to actions, statements or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or academic debate.

This policy governs the conduct of all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that occurs on the University’s campuses or in connection with University-sponsored programs.  This policy also governs conduct by Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that creates, contributes to, or continues a hostile work, educational, or living environment for a member or members of the University community.

Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:

Marjory D Fisher
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President
202A Philosophy Hall
(212) 854-1276
mdf2166@columbia.edu

Heather Parlier
Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Section 504 Compliance Officer
103 Low Library
(212) 854-5918
hp2450@columbia.edu

Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (New York Office)
(646) 428-3800
OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

 

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