Panelists sit on stage at the 2022 Multifaith Baccalaureate

Multifaith Chaplaincy & Sustained Dialogue

Multifaith Baccalaureate 2022
Photo credit: Mike Crupi

Welcome to the Multifaith Chaplaincy, we’re glad you’re here.

This place, Oberlin

“Before Oberlin, this was the place of the Haudenosaunee, six nations bound by their humility with nature, spirit of gratitude, peacemaking; guided by truth and reason; whose highest praise for another translates to ‘real’ person.¹ May the lessons of the Haudenosaunee teach us still. And may our lives lived each day be the active acknowledgement that honest history requires.”

—Multifaith Chaplain David Dorsey, Oberlin Commencement Invocation
¹ National Museum of the American Indian, Education office, Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators, (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institute), 2009.



Sacred Spaces

Spaces on campus are made sacred in a host of ways. Think history and the generations of gathering that bring life and vibrancy to a space. Oberlin College is blessed with multiple historic spaces. These include spaces specifically used for Buddhist,  Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other particular practices.

Lectern at Fairchild Chapel
Photo credit: David Dorsey

Care of Community

Multipartiality, Confidentiality, Individual & Group Support, Pastoral Care, and "Standing By." The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a number of avenues for those seeking care.

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Sustained Dialogue

Barefoot Dialogue is a vulnerability-based model of structured conversations, sustained over time, with peers who openly engage, seek meaning over agreement, and enhance their capacity to thrive in human and land relating across difference and within shared identities.

Barefoot dialogue facilitators circled on a lawn
Photo credit: David Dorsey

Pluralism, Fluency & Observance

In the work of upholding the dignity of all people, the Multifaith Chaplaincy supports the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in striving to ensure that all students of any religious tradition have personal and communal support.

David Dorsey in Finney Chapel at Multifaith Baccalaureate
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Lewis House Hospitality

Lewis House is home to the Multifaith Chaplaincy & Sustained Dialogue, a place where student and administrative staff explore the practice of transformative hospitality. A common thread among users of this space is their programming interest in support of human-human and human-land relating.

Photograph of Lewis House from the front, showing pink bike at bike rack and sign reading "Multifaith Chaplaincy & Sustained Dialogue"
Photo credit: David Dorsey

Staff & Interns

Among MC's student and administrative staff include the Lewis House Interns, Barefoot Dialogue Facilitators, the Sustained Dialogue Coordinator, and Multifaith Chaplain.

Barefoot dialogue facilitators with President Ambar
Photo credit: Mathias Reed

Statement of Human Dignity

We affirm the belief, across the nation and around the world, that Black Lives Matter, and mourn the lives lost to injustice, rancor, and crisis. We believe that the return of violence for violence only begets greater violence. We invest hours, energy and resources in the hope that a greater understanding can be realized and the possibility of a more lasting peace achieved. We hold that the stewardship of our host planet is inextricably tied to the care of one another and prioritize opportunities that explore meaning in our human and land relating. 

In a time of great division, we strive toward an openness to all – devout, spiritual, agnostic, and areligious. Across theistic and non-theistic perspectives, spiritual and ethical commitments expressed at Oberlin, the Multifaith Chaplaincy affirms the human dignity of all persons without exception. All are diminished by the suffering of one. We commit and re-commit ourselves to a life of sustained learning and concrete action toward the betterment of all peoples and species.

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Upcoming Events


The Multifaith Chaplaincy strives to acknowledge and affirm all, including people of religion and no religion, in our shared journey toward wholeness and our common interest to build more durable, just, land-responsive and hopeful communities.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy works campus-wide:

  • extending pastoral care, a confidential resource for students, faculty, and staff;
  • promoting religious and philosophical pluralism and interfaith engagement;
  • engaging communities in dialogue, choosing a beneficial vulnerability that builds trust;
  • providing rituals and remembrances significant in the life of our community and the world; and
  • offering moral and ethical interpretations for the difficult and complex issues of our day.

Student walking in front of a bright red tree in autumn
Photo credit: Mike Crupi