If you are wondering what a “multifaith” community is, it is a group of people who create spaces for sharing and exploring identities, perspectives, convictions, and practices. At Hearth, Pause, or any of the programs of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, you will meet some of these student leaders and many others who bring unique stories and perspectives. These Multifaith Fellows plan all the activities of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, and below you can find a few words from each one about what they have found in this community.
2016-2017 Student Multifaith Fellows
- Tara Humphries ’17 Tara is a senior from North Yarmouth, Maine, studying Sociology and Spanish. She is passionate about creating spaces for students to engage in meaningful, transformative, and sometimes challenging dialogue, as well as the exchange of authentic sharing and listening, and the emotional and mental health and well being of others. You can find her running or skiing in the woods, on a yoga mat, or by the nearest coffee pot. While Tara identifies as multifaith, she feels most at home at the Unitarian Universalist church.
- Maddi McKay ’18 Maddi is a junior at Bates, and is a Studio Art and Women & Gender Studies double major from just outside Philadelphia. She works as a Stringfellow Coordinator within the Chaplaincy, and is passionate about using the arts as a means for justice and and transformative community building.
- Denali Nalamalapu ’17 Denali Nalamalapu, Multifaith Fellow, is in her senior year at Bates. Denali is an overzealous English Literature major with concentrations in Philosophy and Political Inequity. The Multifaith Chaplaincy is one of her absolute favorite spaces in the world (surpassed only by her family home in Southern India and the great city of Istanbul). She feels incredibly blessed to be a fellow and is constantly struck by the warm atmosphere created by some of the most beautiful minds and voices on campus. She looks forward to facilitating Pause every Wednesday– an event in which the values of the sacredness of silence, art, and community come alive in the candlelit Chapel.
- Ezra Olif-Lieberman ’18
- Ali Rabideau ’17 Ali Rabideau is a senior studying Sociology and Gender. She has worked with the Multifaith Chaplaincy since her first year at Bates, when she first felt the exceptional community and support it has to offer. Ali spent Fall 2015 studying abroad in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile and is excited to rejoin the Chaplaincy this winter to focus on the Interfaith Table program. Ali grew up in a strong Methodist community, and now credits the chaplaincy with providing space and encouragement for her to engage the long process of growing through and beyond this foundation. Outside of her work with the chaplaincy, Ali also finds joy in the Lewiston Girl Scout troop she mentors, her work with Maine People’s Alliance, and everything outdoors
- Keenan Shields ’18
- Alex Ulin ’17 Alex enjoys the warmth and deep conversations she finds at the Bates Multifaith Chaplaincy. She is a senior biology major from Western Pennsylvania, and she comes from a Quaker background. Alex enjoys xc skiing, hiking, and swimming. This year, Alex is an interfaith table fellow.
Want to know what it’s like to be a multifaith fellow? Read about Grace Glasson’s experience here.