Meet our Multifaith Fellows!

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, so you will see them around. Below, you can find a few words about what they have found in this community.

2019-2020 Student Multifaith Fellows

 

Joan Buse ’21 is from the golden (and sunny) state of California and is interested in studying American History and Religion. A lifetime lover of family, food, and the outdoors, she loves to garden and bake as an excuse for hanging out with her family and pets. Here on campus, she believes that the Multifaith Chaplaincy provides a haven for students to absorb rather than produce and connect rather than simply interact. In the winter semester, she cannot wait to become a Hearth coordinator and facilitate the wonderfully nurturing atmosphere for which Hearth is known.

Through the Multifaith Chaplaincy, I have found an opportunity to make personal, deep connections with those around me through the equally important mediums of silence and storytelling. The bravery others have while sharing such personal stories is humbling, and I have enjoyed witnessing the often unspoken bonds that are formed from a simple story.


Austin Dumont ‘21 is a Politics major and an Education minor from Auburn, Maine. He loves to spend time in his home state of Maine enjoying its natural beauty and all four seasons — though his personal favorite is autumn. He spends much of his free time volunteering in the Lewiston-Auburn community, particularly in the area schools. Austin is also a history buff. He likes to read, listen to podcasts, and closely follow political developments in Maine and at the federal level. He has a deep passion for the subjects that he loves. He is also very close with his parents and his siblings, including his identical twin brother. Austin’s quiet and reserved nature allows him to be a very keen listener, and he looks forward to leading a community in thoughtful reflection and silence as a Hearth coordinator next winter.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy has provided me with space for the quiet time and deep reflection that I very much need. In a world and in a college environment that is often fast-paced and in which many rarely take the chance to pause, the Multifaith Chaplaincy is filled with individuals that take the time to slow down and delve deep into topics that get at the heart of human nature.


E. B. Hall ’20

Visual Arts and Anthropology Major! Reach out to ehall2@bates.edu if you would like to know more or just wanna talk!? How are you feeling these days? :*)))


Alexis Hudes ’20 is a Physics major with a minor in Math who loves Hemlock trees and awkward silences. At Bates you can find her bopping around the Eco-Justice House, tossing a frisbee, or laughing on the floor of the library. She grew up practicing Judaism and wandering around the woods and is down to chat about spirituality in either of those contexts. She is super duper excited to be joining the Multifaith team as a Hearth coordinator!

The Multifaith Chaplaincy has been my safety net at Bates. It’s the place I go when I want to be around good people, have space to reflect, and push myself to be vulnerable and honest. I came to the Chaplaincy for the free chocolate and pad thai and stayed for the indescribable feeling of being heard and the opportunity to hear others.


Oriana Lo Cicero ’20 is kind of from Washington State (she just says that to keep things simple but by the age of 18 had lived in 14 houses; to cut this parenthetical short hit her up if you want the full story), plays 5 instruments mediocrely, loves to dance improve style with her friends, read about chemistry and physics, contemplate our existence, and eat yams. She is excited to become an Interfaith Engagement Fellow this year but has felt like a part of the multifaith family for a while now. Talking to people about their thoughts and beliefs are very valuable experiences to her, she believes that you can learn something from anyone. She is looking forward to learning from all the new and old faces this year.


Fabian Miemietz ’21


unnamed Sara Moradi ’20 is from Glenview, Illinois interested in studying Politics and Economics. She loves reading and her favorite place on Earth is her local public library. Music is another one of her biggest passions: she’ll listen to everything. She’s excited to be a Hearth coordinator and to work with the chaplaincy in finding and keeping herself balanced on campus.

I developed the ability to accept and let go of events that are out of my control (through Noontime Meditation) and continue bouncing back through self-love and appreciation.


Lila Patinkin ’20 is a Politics and Religious Studies double major who hails from Chicago. She is engaged with theatre arts on campus and loves to get outdoors and take advantage of living in beautiful Maine. She enjoys good food, good books, a good historical period piece, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter. She does not enjoy loud chewing, apathy, and mealy apples/tomatoes. Lila looks forward to transitioning from her role as co-coordinator of {Pause} to Multifaith Banquet coordinator and Baccalaureate for 2019/2020.

Within the Multifaith Chaplaincy I have found a deeply supportive, creative community which feeds my passion for fostering spaces of connection, self-exploration, and perspective-widening.


Isabel Pearson Kramer ’20 is a philosophy major and religious studies minor who comes from the far away land of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She can be found on campus in the Bates garden, basking in the sun even on the coldest winter day (New Mexicans need their sunshine), and enjoying a laugh with as many people as possible in or around any academic building. She enjoys philosophical debates about love, life, and the nature of belief, as well as really delicious food, good lighting, and a long hike in the mountains of glorious Maine.

Multifaith has given me the opportunity to explore and push the limits of my creativity as it applies to what I believe, as well as a supportive space to get deep and try out different ways of communicating who I am and how I relate to others.


Yueh Qi Chuah ’22 is a neuroscience major from the other side of the world, Malaysia. An adventurer who travels often between her home, China, and the States, Yueh loves connecting with nature through hiking, kayaking, or just simply lying on the Quad to appreciate the moment. She also loves expressing herself through arts and crafts as a form of self-love. Yueh is super excited to be an interfaith engagement coordinator in the coming year to bring joy and love at Bates!

I found myself in Multifaith. I learned that it’s okay to be different and it’s what makes us who we are. Here, I was able to explore new interests, look at the world through different perspectives, and embrace myself wholeheartedly. It is the trust we have between one another in this safe space that encourages everyone to be themselves.

Mamta Saraogi ’21 is an English major with a deep passion for poetry and a wild fascination with the rain. She cherishes the gift of words on paper, especially when outdoors! She calls Kolkata, India home and believes that when the colors pink and gold come together, they create magic. At Bates, she continues to uncover the energies of meditation and spirituality as essential elements in forming meaningful friendships, and igniting the quest to learn and evolve. As an Interfaith Engagement coordinator, she looks forward to spreading love, soulful energy, and laughter on campus!

Through the heat of summer and the ice of winter, the Chaplaincy has remained warm: it has been a home, one that seems to smile at the thought of being a welcoming, accepting, and cozy sanctuary for anyone who peeks inside. In a few inadequate words, I have found love’s magic at the Chaplaincy.


Sofie Sogaard ’20 (she/her/hers) is an Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies double major from Ridgefield, Connecticut. At Bates, you can find her hitting up the Commons ice cream machine, walking her cat RBG around campus, or (most likely) tripping over her own feet. She is passionate about hardwood floors, pop punk, and Ikea cinnamon rolls. Sofie is pumped to join the Multifaith team as a Stringfellow Coordinator this year!


Emma Soler ’20 is an American Cultural Studies major and Philosophy minor from Maryland.  She is especially interested in the intersection of history, identity, and transformative justice.  At Bates, you can find her eating way too many carrots in Commons, working on year-long knitting projects in downtown Lewiston, and staking out Hedge lounges on weekend mornings.  Emma is SO excited to help cultivate a culture of reflective activism on campus as a Stringfellow Coordinator this year.

The Chaplaincy has given me not only a space to discover a more thoughtful and intentional version of myself, but also a supportive community of like-minded people who are similarly interested in mindful spaces and deep connections.

Mara Stolzenbach ’20


Matt Suslovic ’21 is (in no particular order) a history major, gardener, aspiring high school teacher, unironic croc wearer, and Mainer. Matt grew up attending a Congregational Church where he repeatedly nailed the performance of Shepherd #2 in the annual Christmas pageant before taking a long hiatus from religion. After participating in an interfaith dialogue in high school he’s been dedicated to learning about other people’s religious and spiritual outlooks on life by inviting warm conversation and thoughtful reflection on spirituality and identity. For this reason, Matt is so excited to be co-running Telescope again for the second year as one of our Interfaith Engagement Fellows. When he’s not disliking cheese and avocados, Matt can be found walking along the Androscoggin with friends, grappling with his humanistic beliefs, and doing his best to smell like campfire

I have found some of the goofiest, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, and elevating experiences through the people and spaces I’ve been exposed to through the Mulitifaith Chaplaincy. From these experiences, I have gleaned wisdom about how to be a better listener, empathizer, thinker, and friend. But more importantly, I have found a community which not only reminds me, but makes me want to strive, to be the best person that I can be. And here I have found others who reciprocate the effort to genuinely listen to and build others up. For having some of my most favorite memories and meeting some of my most beloved friends at Bates, I am truly thankful for this community.