Our Work

The mission of the Office of the Chaplaincy is to inspire generous faith and engage the heart of the University.

The office, which is located in the Wilton Center between Cannon Memorial Chapel and Tyler Hanes Commons, consists of five full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and 18 affiliated campus ministers. Together, we focus on five strategic goals to advance our mission:

  • Creating structures of inclusion for the diversity of faith traditions present on campus
  • Including our 18 partner campus ministries more robustly in the mainstream of campus life
  • Providing pastoral care to all members of the University community, particularly students
  • Developing programming for students to pursue spiritual renewal, reflection, and critical engagement with their own experience and those of others
  • Animating conversations of meaning across lines of difference to cultivate our highest ideals of responsible living and learning

The chaplaincy organizes several initiatives in support of these objectives, including pilgrimage programs; the Multifaith Student Council; the Weinstein-Rosenthal Forum; Consider This dinner series; One Book, One Richmond common reading program; and programs for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Life.