Office of the Chaplain

The Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life seeks to support a diversity of beliefs through the multifaith character of the chaplaincy and its relationship to some 16 religious life affiliates. We acknowledge the importance of faith, both in our individual and collective lives, and strive to provide opportunities for members of the Wake Forest community to express and explore their faith in a supportive community. The core work of chaplaincy is rooted in the care of the whole person – body, soul and spirit. As such, a key aspect of our office is to make available pastoral care and advisement for any member of the Wake Forest community – students, staff, faculty, and alumni. This can happen through individual counsel, programming on critical spiritual themes, intervention in medical emergencies, mortality concerns and presiding at key life rituals.

In the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life we want to expand religious literacy and broaden knowledge of other spiritualties, promote interfaith dialogue and religious ideas that are reflective of our diverse campus. This website will introduce you to our work, programs and religious life colleagues. Navigate this site to meet the chaplains, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life staff and religious life affiliates.

 

A Pastoral Response to the events in Charlottesville,
from the Office of the Chaplain:

Dear Colleagues and Friends –

For many people, this past weekend may have been a shocking wake up that racism and white supremacy are alive and thriving in our country. For many other people, Charlottesville is yet another macroagression in a long list of aggression against their communities, their individual bodies, and their collective experience.  Charlottesville is not new, and it is not a callback to a time long ago; communities that have historically experienced marginalization know the hate that was openly displayed in the streets because they experience it explicitly and implicitly daily.

What we saw over the weekend in Charlottesville was vile, abhorrent, and disgraceful. But it was not a mindset or ideology that only a few people embrace. It lives amongst us like a festering cancer that infects every crevice of our lives. People of faith must stop this infection from feeding and spreading.

The lack of novelty surrounding the vitriol displayed on the campus of UVA and the streets of Charlottesville does not make it any less terrifying. In the clearest terms, we must name what has taken place as domestic terrorism in the name of white extremism.  The white supremacist rioters who demonstrated on UVA’s campus and in the streets this weekend were unafraid to show their faces as they spread their hateful rhetoric, therefore we must be unafraid in naming their actions and their opinions as evil, wrong, and racist.

There has never been an acceptable time for silence.  The silence of well-intentioned white people who oppose the ideology of white supremacy is the scaffolding upon which white supremacy is built and supported.

Colleagues and Friends, the Office of the Chaplain is here as a resource for you, as your collaborators in the work of anti-racism and anti-hate demonstrations. We are committed to both (1) holding healing space for those who’s souls are heavy with the pain of this latest manifestation of terrorism and (2) braving the waves of shame and guilt with those that have been paralyzed into silence in the past. We are committed to clearly and unequivocally naming racism and violence whenever we see it’s implicit and explicit manifestations. And we are committing ourselves to the front lines of this fight. Even if in the fight, we are revealed as needing to be fought. We are fully present.

 

In gratitude & in commitment to our community,

Your friends in the Chaplain’s Office