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Chaplaincies

Chaplaincies

The Multifaith staff is devoted to supporting students as they face spiritual issues in their life through open discussion and pastoral counseling at all levels.

The Multifaith team is comprised of chaplains from the Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Protestant faiths. Our chaplains aim to challenge thinking in the total realm of spiritual and moral issues, to assist in developing a truly human perspective, and to sit and be with the student in times of need and crisis. The vision of Multifaith programs is to make Babson a place that openly welcomes persons from all faiths, as well as a setting that provides an educational and supportive environment for those students who are interested in exploring spirituality. The Multifaith staff is available to all members of the Babson community.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of psychotherapy that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. It is provided by certified pastoral counselors, who are mental health professionals who have in-depth religious and/or theological training. If you are interested in connecting with one of our staff members for pastoral care and counseling, please contact Denning Aaris. Referrals will be made to those individuals seeking long-term counseling.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the practice of being with an individual as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing spiritual issues. The director listens and asks questions to assist the individual in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not psychotherapy or counseling. If interested in connecting with a spiritual director, please contact Denning Aaris.

Ecumenical Chapla​​incy

The Ecumenical Chaplaincy supports students, faculty and staff who identify as “spiritual” but not “religious” and who want to explore some of the “big questions” in life about purpose, meaning, identity, vocation and the human condition.

Regular Offerings​:

​Interfaith Dialogue led by team of chaplains from different faiths.

Monthly “Chaplain’s Table” at TRIM, dinner and lively conversation with a Babson professor speaking from their personal experience of spirituality or faith.

Art and Soul

Reflection opportunities for students to reflect on their Babson experience with the goal of deepening their learning, gaining the confidence to grow into themselves more fully.

Educational offerings for the community to educate on Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism and how these world religions intersect with and influence business endeavors around the world.  How is a deeper knowledge about these world religions an important part of developing a global mindset.

Hindu Chaplaincy

Hindu Chaplaincy strives to provide spiritual support to the diverse college community by offering programs that focus on ‘Developing and Nurturing the self’.

Regular Offerings​

Weekly prayers:  Opportunity for worship and reflection
Weekly  study and discussion group (‘Self ’development through building awareness  and consciousness). As the students learn and understand about the world around them through all their academic courses, these discussion groups are focused on making them turn inward and also understand themselves and their potential.
Prayer and celebration during special Holidays and festivals associated with Hinduism: Opportunity for building community, deepening one’s roots and sharing traditions and culture with the wider Babson community.
Temple Trips: These are offered once every semester to the students who want to visit a Hindu place of worship and the priest at the temple  performs  a special prayer for their  well being.  A temple visit is also organized once a year for the students of the Eastern Religions class as a part of their study of Hindu Religion.
 

Jewish Chaplaincy

Babson College Hillel is a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds.  It fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning.   
 
Objective:  Through a myriad of programs and celebrations, Hillel will provide students opportunities to be challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives and to follow/create their own pathways.
 

Regular Offerings

  • Weekly Shabbat dinners: time to build a sense of the wonders of Shabbat, build community, identity and share a communal dinner
  • Prayers and celebrations of holidays and festivals:  sharing the rituals of the Jewish holidays, building community with those that are within the faith and welcoming others, building leadership within the community in facilitating these celebrations
  • Social programming:  programming that offers a Jewish component that is formed from cultural perspective.  Students given the opportunity to share their traditions and open discussion with those outside of Judaism
  • Social Justice programming:  Tikkun Olam.  Students doing tzedek work to change the world.
  • Multi-faith dialogue and Lunch and Learn programs:--students who have multiple faith or cultural identities or are International students have opportunity to share their traditions with one another and the wider Babson community.

Muslim Chaplaincy

The Muslim Chaplaincy at Babson College seeks to provide a space in which community members are encouraged to learn, discuss, and grow in their faith at their own pace. It also seeks to provide programming that helps foster a social mindset within students while causing them to actively think about their role as leaders within their local communities as well as within a global society.
 

Regular Programs:

 Friday Prayers:
  •           Friday/Jumu’ah prayers are offered every Friday in Glavin.
  •           Friday prayers consist of a sermon and ritual prayer.
  •           Topics of sermons drawn upon Islamic teachings and are made applicable and relevant to community life at Babson and beyond
Weekly Study Circle:
  •        These study circle cover a variety of topics that change from semester to semester depending on interest of attendees
  •           Study Topics have included: Tajweed (Qur’anic Recitation), Seerah (Biography of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)), Selections of Hadith(Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh), Tasawwuf (Bridging the spiritual dimensions of worship and life), Qur’anic Exegesis (commentary on oft-recited chapters of the Qur’an)
Pizza with the Chaplain:
  •          The most structurally flexible program where any who attend (students, faculty, staff) engage in self-initiated discussion topics over a slice(s) or box(es) of pizza.
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