The College Chaplain coordinates interfaith life on Albion College's campus, by training, supervising, and supporting student leaders.
The Bridge is an interfaith advisory team of the Office of the Chaplain. The Bridge advises the College Chaplain, actively supports members (and their student organizations) in individual religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions, and helps to create and lead interfaith opportunities for campus. The group takes a leadership role in addressing discrimination.
The Bridge seeks to be a representative body, and will include as much diversity of religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions as possible. Due to schedule conflicts or lack of sufficient numbers available from certain traditions, full representation is not always possible. In these cases, members of The Bridge will create liaisons with traditions not at the table.
Bridge members are involved at a regional, national, and international level in interfaith leadership.
Visiting Churches, Temples, and Mosques
The Office of the Chaplain maintains strong relations with most religious, spiritual, and philosophical communities in the area and in the region. The Bridge helps the Office of the Chaplain to facilitate visits to a variety of communities each academic year. The Office of the Chaplain can assist individuals and groups in planning a visit, as well as providing resources for preparing for the visit in terms of etiquette.
Heritage Weeks and Months
The Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinates Albion College's celebration of Latino/Latina Heritage Month, Coming Out Week, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and other awareness celebrations. The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates Women's History Month. The Office of the Chaplain (including Bridge and Chapel) as well as student organizations often sponsor programs during these heritage weeks and months that have a religious, spiritual, or philosophical theme.
Now in its tenth year, the Interfaith Supper program consists of the Bridge (Office of the Chaplain) serving home-made dinners at the Umbrella House, giving a relaxed opportunity for students to dialogue with unique guests from various traditions. While most Bridge meetings are private, these suppers are usually open to campus and sometimes to the public.
Umbrella groups, supported by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of the Chaplain, regularly sponsor programs with significant religious and/or philosophical themes.