12/08Friday12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST/GMT-5
12/08Friday6:30 pm – 8:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Center For Spiritual Life, Resnick Commons A
12/10Sunday10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Church of St John the Evangelist,1114 River Road, Barrytown
12/10Sunday12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Chapel of the Holy Innocents
12/11Monday6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Meditation room, Center for Spiritual Live, basement of Resnick Village Dorm A
What We Do
We offer spiritual support for all students and members of the Bard community. We provide ways to explore faith academically, often with a focus on social issues, and always with an emphasis on diversity and openness. We are available for pastoral counseling and conversation. We value the varied ways students can explore faith academically and spiritually. Each chaplain also offers religious services and/or opportunities to deepen students’ faith and build community. All are invited to learn more about the diverse perspectives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and other traditions. We work closely with the Student Counseling Service, Student Health Service, Office of the Dean of Students, and others in the Bard community who focus on the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of students, faculty, and staff. The Chaplaincy employs a diverse staff of chaplains to meet the varied spiritual needs of the College. All chaplains are available to provide pastoral care and support for the entire Bard community.
Meet Our Chaplains
The chaplaincy currently includes an Episcopal priest, rabbi, Buddhist chaplain, Muslim chaplain, and spiritual life advocate, as well as a team of chaplain interns. The chaplains are available to meet with students, staff, and faculty in times of crisis or whenever an attentive and sympathetic ear is needed.
Facilities and Resources
The Center for Spiritual Life
The Center for Spiritual Life is the primary programming space for the Bard College Chaplaincy. Located in the basement of the Village A dorm, it is home to the Buddhist meditation room, the Beit Shalom Salaam House of Peace meeting room, the Muslim Prayer room, the Center for the Study of James, and a Kosher/Halal kitchen.
Chapel of the Holy Innocents
The College chapel was built in 1857 with local oak and stone from quarries across the Hudson River in Ulster County. A gift to the local parish school from John Bard, who later founded St. Stephen’s College, the chapel was dedicated to his son Willie. The structure was rebuilt in 1859 after the original edifice was destroyed by fire.
Resources for Grief
These resources are for those who are experiencing grief from loss and are looking for ways to deal with the hurt and/or pain that accompanies it.
Local Faith Communities
Dutchess County has a vibrant multifaith community. For off-campus resources, please see the list below, compiled by the Bard Chaplaincy.
Contacting the Chaplaincy
Bard College Chaplaincy
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Email: [email protected]
The Chaplaincy Offices are located in Albee Basement.
The Festival of Lights
The annual Festival of Lights interfaith service, hosted by the Bard Chaplaincy every December.