Chaplains’ Office Mission Statement
The Chaplains Office team is available to serve all students, faculty, staff, and the broader Williams community —inclusive of those with faith, those who claim no faith, and all who seek deeper meaning in life. We are here to encourage growth in the spiritual and moral dimensions of human wholeness alongside the College’s attention to growth in the intellectual, physical, emotional, and psychological dimensions of person-hood.
The Chaplains’ Office achieves these principles by:
- Providing pastoral support and spiritual care, opportunities for meaning making and personal discovery, and companionship amidst emerging questions and quests;
- Nurturing the vitality of campus communities of reflection, spiritual practice, and worship, supporting students who participate and lead them; and
- Promoting courageous, candid, and transformative dialogue among religious communities and between theologies and other disciplines of intellectual life.
This year, we will be available to meet with students either online, social distanced walks or meetings on Spring Street. We are also supporting the Religious and Spiritual Life Groups who host gatherings that are open to everyone. The Chaplains and the Ministry Coordinators are also hosting small groups for reflection, sacred text study, prayer and worship services. This year, some of these gatherings will focus on issues related to our current living situation. And often our program ideas come from students! Please visit our website https://chaplain.williams.edu/ for more information about these programs or email us if you have an idea for a book discussion or a sacred text study. We are particularly concerned with how our current COVID 19 crisis is affecting you — please reach out to us and we will also reach out to you as best as we can. Do not hesitate to call, this is why we are here.
The best way to reach us is through email. For more information about signing up for appointments, please visit https://chaplain.williams.edu/resources/virtual-meetings-with-the-chaplains/,
The Chaplains’ Office team:
The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Chaplain to the College, Protestant Chaplain
Imam Sharif Rosen, Muslim Chaplain
Rabbi Seth Wax, Jewish Chaplain
Tracy Finnegan, Catholic Ministry Coordinator
Administrative Assistant to the Chaplains
The Chaplains’ Office ᐧ Paresky Center ᐧ Room 205 ᐧ 39 Chapin Hall Drive
413 597-2483 (office)