Brown University in Providence, RI, hire…
Brown University in Providence, RI, hires a new Muslim Chaplain, Dave Coolidge, a white convert who found the deen in college pre-9/11. Coolidge formerly provided some Chaplain duties at Dartmouth.
Coolidge concentrated in religious studies at Brown and went on to get a master’s degree in religion from Princeton. “My career has been a long independent study on the meaning of life, and I want to help people who are going through a similar process,” he said.
And how he sees the job:
Coolidge said his new responsibilities will expand beyond religious and ethical issues. “I’m here to respond to people’s needs and concerns,” he said. “Whether they’re religious or non-religious issues, anything that’s central to the process of making meaning for oneself.”
University chaplains advise on “marriage, death, religious questions, anything,” Cooper Nelson said. “Our purpose is much broader than providing instruction of a particular religion,” she added.