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Navigating religious and non secular life at Yale

The Information spoke to college students and workers about how they’re partaking with Yale’s sources for non secular and religion teams within the first few weeks of the semester.

Joshua Zhang

10:05 p.m., Sep 22, 2022

Contributing Reporter



Joshua Zhang, Contributing Reporter

From Hinduism to Catholicism to the Baháʼí Religion, Yalies throughout campus are actively concerned in non secular communities.

The beginning of the tutorial yr typically means an adjustment interval, particularly for first-year college students — adjusting to spiritual life at Yale isn’t any exception. Nonetheless, there are a variety of sources out there to help college students find their place inside non secular communities at Yale, together with the Chaplain’s Workplace.

For Ayush Iyer ’26, Yale presents a singular expertise to have interaction extra deeply together with his Hindu religion.

“It has been significant to me as a result of [Hinduism] was not one thing I actually acquired to discover at dwelling,” Iyer stated. “We had a small temple at my home however I come from a small city and there is not a big Hindu inhabitants… so the truth that issues are accessible right here and there is people who I share that id with is large.”

The Yale Hindu College students Group has hosted varied prayer occasions at each the Battell Chapel and the devoted Hindu Prayer Room within the basement of Bingham Corridor. Iyer stated that the group’s occasions, like a clay idol making session final month, served each as “good religious experiences” and bonding expertise with people who he “inherently shares a reference to.”

Total, Iyer instructed the Information that he has had a really optimistic expertise with the Hindu group at Yale so far, and he looks like his religion is now “much less one thing to cover or be ashamed of.”

Based on a survey performed by the Chaplain’s Workplace, 70.2 p.c of the scholars within the lessons of 2022-2025 determine with a faith or religion group.

The Chaplain’s Workplace could be discovered within the Basement of Entryway D in Bingham Corridor, situated at 300 School Road.

At Yale, there are roughly 30 non secular communities that college students can become involved in. The Chaplain’s Workplace web site in addition to their Instagram web page, @yalechaplain, presents a useful resource for college students who’re excited about becoming a member of a spiritual group however are usually not certain the place to begin.

“Coming to varsity is rather a lot, so looking for a spot the place you’re feeling grounded, the place you may exhale, the place you may breathe and really feel such as you’re a little bit bit at dwelling… is basically necessary.” stated Maytal Saltiel, an Affiliate College Chaplain.

Head College Chaplain Sharon Kugler is among the most seen religion leaders on campus, however there are a complete of six different chaplains who act as sources for college students. On the Chaplain’s Workplace web sitecollege students could make a “Chat with a Chaplain” appointment and communicate with a chaplain one-on-one.

To obtain weekly updates in regards to the newest occasions, college students also can join the Yale Chaplain’s Workplace eTelegram on their web site.

“Significantly for first years, our peer liaisons are actually necessary,” Saltiel instructed the Information.

Peer liaisons are upperclassmen that may assist first years “navigate life at Yale, whether or not it is on a regular basis points or larger points,” Saltiel stated. Peer liaisons inside the Chaplain’s Workplace “assist [first years] discover the best sources.”

Throughout the Chaplain’s Workplace, there are a complete of seven peer liaisons who’re every assigned to work with first yr college students at two residential schools. Every peer liaison has a distinct religion background, however all of them serve a standard objective.

Samantha White ’23, one of many peer liaisons for the Chaplain’s Workplace, works with first-year college students who’re from Branford and Davenport. She emphasised the significance of merely being current and out there for first years.

“A variety of my job is simply speaking with folks, understanding how they’re doing, giving them instruments to navigate Yale on the entire,” White stated.

White describes her job as “one other added layer of help” for first-years which are adjusting to life at Yale.

One other first-year pupil, Zach Lipsher ’26, described his expertise being within the Jewish group after coming to Yale and interesting with the Slifka Middle — notably its weekly Shabbat dinners.

“It has been a fantastic expertise… doing the wine blessing, doing the bread blessing, saying the prayers, and simply having a kosher dinner that I am used to having,” Lipsher stated. “Simply doing the small issues like that has been one thing that jogs my memory of my heritage.”

The Yale Chaplain’s Workplace is situated within the basement of Bingham Corridor Entryway D on Outdated Campus.

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